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3 year old child, head injury, swelling behind ear, redness in ear, headaches. Emergency situation?

Hi, my 3 year old son fell of the couch and hit his head (left side) on the coffee table. Behind his ear was a bit swallen but when we applied ice it went away. His ear is bit red. He has no other symptoms but is complaining of headache . Should I take him to ER or it is ok since just for the impact and fear he would get a headache. Thank you
Asked On : Sun, 29 Jul 2012
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Feb 2013
Thank you for your query,
The swelling is due to formation of the hematoma in scalp layers on th skull bones.
The headache is due to impaction of the trauma on brain.
But the child needs neurologic examination by your Pediatrician to assess for any abnoraml findings of brain involvement.
For headache you can give Tylenol in prescribed dosage.
Observe for next 24 hours for any vomitings, abnormal behavior, seizures and if you find any consult emergency immediately.
Hope I have answered your query.
Answered: Fri, 15 Feb 2013
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