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Toddler fell of bed, got head bump, vomiting, fever, shiver. Is there anything to worry about? Do we need to do a brain CT scan?

hi! my son is 22mnths old. today he fell from bed.. and got a bump on left side of his head.. he cried for few mins. after that he was normal n active. after about 3 hours while feeding him dal and roti he vomited. and after he got temperature about 99.6. he slept after dat and found him shivering a bit. is there anything to worry about? do we need to do a brain CT scan?
Asked On : Mon, 4 Mar 2013
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Dec 2012
Hello Bhavna,

Thanks for posting,
One can never tell the gravity of a head trauma just be observation alone. Normally children or toddlers knocking their heads often results to just a small bump with nothing serious on the head, but since your son developed a fever and vomiting some few hours later, I suggest that he gets examined by a doctor soonest. CT scan might be more or less necessary (but could be included). The toddler might be suffering from an intracranial hemorrhage or subarachnoid hemorrhage due to the fall.
His presenting symptoms could just be as a result of a small malaise.

Hope this info helps you and your son.
Answered: Mon, 4 Mar 2013
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