Common signs of a serious head injury

Head injuries are common and potentially serious injuries. Head injuries have a range of severity from minor concussion to life-threatening / life-altering brain injuries. First aid for head injuries

Knowing the warning signs of a serious head injury is important. Recognising a serious head injury early is vital, early advanced medical help can be the difference between life and death. 

These are common signs of a serious head injury:

  • Persistent reduced level of consciousness
  • Confusion / loss of memory
  • Vomiting
  • Double vision
  • Difficulty walking or speaking
  • Seizures (fits)
  • Worsening headache
  • Clear/straw coloured fluid leaking from the ears or nose
  • Any signs of a fractured skull

If you suspect a victim has sustained a serious head injury then do not delay in calling for emergency medical help.

Signs of a serious head injury may not develop immediately after the injury has occurred. It may be several hours before these signs appear. Always ensure someone who has sustained a head injury is left in the care of a responsible person for at least 24 hours after the injury. 

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