Tuesday, June 12, 2007

First Aid Tips On Head Injury

Head injury is a serious matter. It could be either minor, moderate or serious depending on the gravity of the accident as well as the symptoms exhibited by the injured person after the accident.

For a mild head injury, the symptoms almost always vanish on its own without treatments. However, it is still wise to closely watch the injured person for any concerning symptoms over the next 24 hours. This is because the symptoms of a serious head injury can be delayed. After a head injury causing accident, it is better to wake the injured person every 2 to 3 hours and ask simple questions to check his or her alertness.
In case of a child, if after the head injury causing accident the child begins to play or run immediately after, it is most likely that the injury is only minor.

For adults who suffer headaches after a bump on the head, over-the-counter pain medicine (like acetaminophen or ibuprofen) may be used for a mild headache. If, the injured person suffers bleeding after the head trauma incident, DO NOT take aspirin, because it can increase the risk of bleeding. In case the person is cut on the head, do not wash the head if the wound is deep. Also, do not remove any object sticking out of the wound. Furthermore, do not move the person unless necessary.

If you have been involved in an accident resulting in your head injury, present yourself to your family physician immediately and seek the service of a lawyer to know more about your rights against the negligent person.