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Sudden jolt problem - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   hello
User :   Hi doctor
User :   I have some questions regarding baby head injury
Doctor :   sure please go ahead
User :   My baby didn't fall
User :   but I accidently gave him a big jolt
Doctor :   ok
User :   I am worrying could that shaked his brain
User :   Well, what happened is
User :   This morning, when we were back from a baby group
User :   I didn't notice a step at the door
User :   and pushed him directly down the step
Doctor :   ok
User :   gave him a quick and sudden jolt
Doctor :   how old is your child ?
User :   but I didn't see how the jolt is, because he is facing out
User :   8 months
User :   and the back of the pushchair is upright
Doctor :   was he crying >
User :   and the worse is he was sleepy at that moment, and even fell asleep, which made his head control not good at that moment
User :   no
Doctor :   after that hs he been active ?
Doctor :   he is responding well
User :   I checked him after that, he looked dull, but I am not sure is it because he was sleepy
Doctor :   how many hours have gone by ?
User :   5 hours
User :   he fell asleep about 5 minutes after that
User :   slept for about 10 minutes, then woke up
User :   after that, he seems all fine
Doctor :   is he eating properly ?
User :   he didn't have his lunch solid food, but he had his milk
User :   he didn't have solid food may because we missed his lunch time
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   well dont worry your child his fine
Doctor :   we would have been more concerned if he had banged his head anywhere
User :   really? it won't be worse than a head bang?
User :   I am so obsessed his brain might be shaken
Doctor :   if taht is the case then you will be symptoms
Doctor :   and your child is healthy
Doctor :   so i can assure you its nothing to worry about
User :   He looked dull when I checked him. But it may because he was sleepy, but I am not sure. Could it be a symptom?
Doctor :   no we are more concerned if we was vomiting
User :   no he didn't
Doctor :   or was completely lethargic and not eating
User :   he became active after 10 minutes of sleep
Doctor :   well then i can give him a clean chit of health
Doctor :   dont worry
User :   Thank you so much doctor :)
User :   Can I ask one more question?
Doctor :   sure tell ne
Doctor :   me
User :   how big does the jolt need to be, could possible cause brain injury?
User :   I read something about shaken baby syndrome, and really scared
Doctor :   thats common in infants
Doctor :   newborns
Doctor :   in your case dont worry
User :   but it says children under 2 are all at risk
User :   I know to cause SBS, it need to be repeated shaking
Doctor :   yes and like i said your child did not have any symptoms
User :   but I am just worry could a one-off jolt (kinda of whiplash) could also cause the brain bounce once
User :   Well, I ask this because sometimes my baby throws his head hard
User :   and sometimes I accidently jolted his head (like today morning)
Doctor :   one should be careful
User :   I just wonder are these kind of jolts something to be concerned
Doctor :   there is no way to say that what intensity the jolt should be
Doctor :   but just be careful
Doctor :   no matter how hard the baby ths his head himself he will not cause damage
User :   will pick him up too quick also at risk?
Doctor :   just be gentle
User :   ok, I see now.
User :   so, if the brain was shaken, even only once
User :   there will definitely be synptoms?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   there will be
User :   is the synptoms obvious?
User :   or may go unnoticed?
Doctor :   no they will be obvious and the ones io have asked you
Doctor :   so thats why i can assure you its fine
User :   Ok, I see. as long as there's no obvious synptoms, there's no injury
Doctor :   yes thats correct
User :   Thank you doctor. I am reassured :)
User :   thank you very much
Doctor :   your most welcome
Doctor :   take care and dont worry
Doctor :   have a good one
User :   thank you. bye :)
Doctor :   bye bye
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