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Head injury, bleeding, numbness in arm, breathing difficulty, nausea. Medical attention required?

my son fell off a trampoline and hit his head on an outlet at the gymnastic gym.. his head as a good size cut and was bleeding still after 4-5 hours later.. he was checked by the trainer at the school and they said he would be fine but this morning he carried a container of sugar from the cabinet and dropped it said his hand gave up. he just told me he feels weird slow and short of breath and nauseated.. should i take him to a doctor?
Asked On : Mon, 15 Oct 2012
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Please take him to the doctor at the earliest.
If the cut on the head was bleeding for 4 -5 hrs, I suppose it required to be stitched upon.
With complains of numbness in his hands , nausea and disorientation ( feels weird ) the first thing to rule out is underlying head injury. Is he also complaining of weakness and numbness in the hands? Well I suppose you would also have to rule out cervical spine injury.
Just keep notice of any worsening signs like severe headache, altered sensorium ( drowsiness), vomiting, blurring of vision, unilateral weakness of the body or any fits.
Investigation suggested:
1. Non contrast CT scan Brain with screening of cervical spine.
Take to a hospital and get a thorough clinical examination of neurological status done.
If require the ER physician might refer you to a Neurosurgeon.
How old is your son? Just check with the doctor if he is still under primary immunization schedule or he has to be given Inj Tetanus Toxoid (only if he is above 10 yrs).
Answered: Tue, 16 Oct 2012
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