Almost all children bump their heads every now and then. While these injuries can be upsetting, most head injuries are minor and do not cause serious problems. In very rare cases, problems can occur after a minor bump on the head.

Read on for information from the American Academy of Pediatrics about when a head injury requires immediate medical attention.

Children with these conditions may have more serious problems after a mild head injury.

Q: What should I do if my child has a head injury but does not lose consciousness?

A: For anything more than a light bump on the head, you should call your child’s doctor. Your child’s doctor will want to know when and how the injury happened and how your child is feeling.

If your child is alert and responds to you, the head injury is probably mild and usually no tests or x-rays are needed....

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