Also called: Head Trauma
A head injury is any physical harm to the scalp, skull, or brain.
Head injuries are very common and usually not serious. They can be external or internal:
Safety precautions can prevent head injuries. Kids and adults should wear helmets, safety gear, and seatbelts whenever appropriate.
All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.
|Brain Injury Association The mission of this group is to create a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education, and advocacy. Call: (800) 444-6443|
|National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) The website of NCIPC contains a variety of injury prevention information.|
|National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome This website provides national information, support, and referral services on shaken baby syndrome.|
|American Sports Medicine Institute The mission of ASMI is to improve the understanding, prevention and treatment of sports-related injuries through research and education.|
|Concussions The term concussion conjures up the image of a child knocked unconscious while playing sports. But concussions can happen with any head injury, often without any loss of consciousness.|
|First Aid: Head Injuries Learn about the different types of head injuries, and find out what to do if your child is seriously injuried.|
|Babysitting: Dealing With a Head Injury What should you do if a child you're babysitting has a head injury? Our tips can help you be prepared.|
|CAT Scan: Head A head CAT scan is a painless test that uses a special X-ray machine to take pictures of a patient's brain, skull, and sinuses, as well as blood vessels in the head. It might be done to check for any number of conditions.|
|Dealing With Falls Falls are mostly a problem for young children and old people, but they can happen to active teens. Find out what to do - and when to get medical attention - by reading this printable instruction sheet.|
|Brain and Nervous System The brain controls everything we do, and is often likened to the central computer within a vast, complicated communication network, working at lightning speed.|
|Concussions Ow! You fell and hit your head. But do you have a concussion? Find out about concussions in this article for kids.|
|Babysitting: Dealing With Falls What should you do if a child you're babysitting falls? Our tip sheet can help you be prepared.|
|Head Injuries Head injuries fall into two categories: external and internal. Learn more about both kinds, how to prevent them, and what to do if your child is injured.|
|Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome) Abusive head trauma (AHT) is the leading cause of death in child abuse cases in the United States. AHT results from injuries caused by someone vigorously shaking an infant.|
|Concussions In a concussion, the brain shifts inside the skull. This can cause a sudden - but usually temporary - disruption in a person's ability to function properly and feel well.|
|A to Z: Contusion (Bruise), Face, Scalp, & Neck Learn about contusions (bruises) of the face, scalp, and neck.|
|Sports and Exercise Safety Playing hard doesn't have to mean getting hurt. The best way to ensure a long and injury-free athletic career is to play it safe from the start. Find out how.|
|Brain and Nervous System If the brain is a central computer that controls all the functions of the body, then the nervous system is like a network that relays messages back and forth to different parts of the body. Find out how they work in this Body Basics article.|
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