Paediatric Head Injury

Paediatric Head Injury

At Shire Doctors and Dentists, we understand that head injuries in children can be worrying for parents and caregivers. That’s why we follow trusted guidelines, like those from Randwick and Westmead Children’s Hospitals, to ensure the best care for your child.

Monitoring Symptoms

After a head injury, it’s important to keep an eye out for certain signs that might indicate a more serious problem. These include:

  • Persistent Headache: If your child’s headache is severe or doesn’t improve with rest or medication.
  • Vomiting: Frequent vomiting, especially if accompanied by drowsiness or irritability.
  • Changes in Consciousness: Confusion, drowsiness, or unusual behavior.
  • Seizures: Convulsions or uncontrolled movements.
  • Unequal Pupil Size: One pupil larger than the other.
  • Loss of Consciousness: Even for a short time.

What to Do?

If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s essential to seek medical attention promptly. Depending on the severity of the injury, your child may need:

  • Observation: For mild injuries, your child may be observed at home with close monitoring.
  • Medical Evaluation: Moderate to severe injuries may require assessment by a pediatrician or neurologist.
  • Imaging Tests: CT or MRI scans may be needed to check for internal bleeding or other issues.
  • Symptom Management: Medication may be given to relieve symptoms like pain or nausea.
  • Follow-Up Care: Regular check-ups to monitor your child’s progress and provide ongoing support. 

Preventing Head Injuries

While accidents can happen, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of head injuries in children:

  • Use Safety Gear: Ensure your child wears appropriate safety equipment, such as helmets when biking or skating.
  • Childproof Your Home: Keep floors clear of clutter and use safety gates to prevent falls on stairs.
  • Supervise Play: Keep an eye on your child during playtime, especially around playgrounds and other potentially hazardous areas.


At Shire Doctors and Dentists, we’re here to help if your child experiences a head injury. By following trusted guidelines and providing personalized care, we strive to ensure the best possible outcome for your child’s health and well-being.

If you have any concerns about your child’s head injury or symptoms, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team is dedicated to providing expert care and support for your family’s needs.

Looking for a local GP in Caringbah to discuss your concerns?

Our experienced GPs at Shire Doctors and Dentists take the time to assess your symptoms and use their experience and knowledge to assist you feeling good again.

Call 02 9063 8650 to book your GP consultation.