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Son's Head Trauma
February 2000

Q. My son had a bad bang on his head while being looked after by his baby sitter when he was ten months old. He was not unconcious, but seemed a little sleepy. An X-Ray showed a small linear fracture on his scull. His CT appeared normal. He did not suffer from any other complications afterwards. He is now 14 months old and a happy healthy boy, but I am very much concerned about future consequences. Can you help me with worries?

A. The bottom line is that you should not be worried now. Your son's head trauma had the potential of causing some serious complications, however all of these complications would have been noted early on (within a few days, if not a few hours of the accident).

These complications, which would be associated with some bleeding, are incredibly rare. The fact that your son did well, even though he did have some mild symptoms for awhile after the accident, says that he is now completely over the injury and there will be no further problems associated with the accident.

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