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If you do experience head trauma, understanding brain injury symptoms is essential for seeking timely treatment and avoiding further complications.
Signs of a brain injury range from mild to severe and may include:
- Temporary loss of consciousness (a few seconds to a few minutes)
- Confusion or disorientation
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Nausea or vomiting
- Changes in mood
- Disrupted sleeping patterns (sleeping more or having trouble sleeping)
- Slurred speech
- Pupil dilation in one or both eyes
- Constant headache or headache that becomes more severe
- Clear fluids coming out of the ears or nose
- Any adult symptoms
- Persistent crying
- Refusal to eat, or a change in eating or nursing habits
- Lack of interest in favorite activities or toys
If you notice any of these symptoms in yourself or someone else, seek medical attention immediately.
By learning more about prevention, risks and symptoms, you can be adequately prepared to reduce your risk of a brain injury or complications from head trauma. This information will help keep you and your family safe in a world full of uncertainty. Think of your brain.
Part 1: Brain injury prevention