DS3 is 9, and on Sunday night he fell off a stage (just over a metre in height) onto the back of his head while messing about with friends. He blacked out for a second or two, followed by him repeating the scariest words I've heard as a parent "I can't feel myself" over and over. A large egg appeared almost immediately on the back of his head, he was very distressed. Took him straight to hospital, who over the course of the night checked him over thoroughly, decided to do a CT scan in case he had fractured his skull or had a bleed, thankfully that was all clear and you could just see the swelling of the egg. So we were sent home, by the time he got home he no longer felt sick and although was very tender and sore he was quite bright.
So - my question- when we left they told us that it would take about a week for the swelling to go down. I thought that meant it would gradually go down and be gone in a week but it's showing no signs of reducing. His head is still very "wobbly" and the whole area is still tender and sore. We were told he didn't need any follow up but could go to our GP in a week if we wanted (not written on his notes),
Anyone have any experience? Does it just take a while and we need to be patient? Or should I be more concerned. I'm finding it hard to gauge as it's quite an unusual scenario. I haven't sent him back to school yet as even bending down makes it hurt.
I rang the GP's this morning but the didn't have any appointments. That's how I know it's not written in the notes as the receptionist read the report from the hospital and said " well there's no follow up advised so we can't give you an appointment "
He's been complaining of a headache the last couple of days, and says that the area feels "wobbly". No sickness, just very tired but at the same time struggling to sleep. Both unusual for him but probably not unusual for a head injury? I suppose it's the fact that it's still so painful and sore and pronounced that is worrying.
Thank you everyone, although not wanting anyone else to suffer, it is reassuring to hear that it can take a while to fully recover. I think I just lulled myself into a false sense of security when they said a week!
I've had a head injury and have been told 6-12 months for full reccovery, GPs were always saying 1/2 weeks but a neurologist was much more helpful. The danger period is the first 1-2 days due to bleeding on the brain so he'll be on the mend now. Hope he recovers soon x