Child Head Injury Discharge Advice

  • Reference Number: HEY-869/2017
  • Departments: Paediatrics

This leaflet has been produced to give you general information. Most of your questions should be answered by this leaflet. It is not intended to replace the discussion between you and the healthcare team, but may act as a starting point for discussion. If after reading it you have any concerns or require further explanation, please discuss this with a member of the healthcare team.

Hull Royal Infirmary, Anlaby Road, Hull HU3 2JZ

  • Main Switchboard: (01482) 875875
  • Ward 130: (01482) 675130
  • Acorn Ward: (01482) 382703
  • Children’s Emergency: (01482) 482108
  • Department: (01482) 482114

Your child has suffered a minor head injury but is now medically fit for discharge. However if you have any concerns or notice any of the following within 2-3 days please see your GP or contact the Emergency Department:

  • Any unusual behaviour, drowsiness or sleepiness for longer than 1 hour, outside normal time of sleep/nap
  • Unconsciousness or lack of full consciousness
  • Inability to wake your child from sleep
  • Headache that wont go away
  • If your child has a fit/seizure
  • Unsteadiness on feet, loss of balance or problems walking
  • Weakness in the upper or lower limbs
  • Problems with the eyesight
  • Excessive vomiting (greater than 3 time)
  • Clear fluid from ears or nose
  • Bleeding from one or both ears

(NICE GUIDELINES CG 176, 2014)

The following will help with your child’s recovery: 

  • Plenty of rest and avoiding stressful situations
  • Avoiding sleeping pills and sedatives unless prescribed
  • Do not permit them to play contact sports for at least 3 weeks, unless discussed with your doctor

Make sure your child is well by doing the following: 

  • Do not allow them to return to school until you feel they are completely recovered
  • Do not leave them alone for the first 48 hours after discharge from hospital
  • Make sure you can contact medical services urgently in case of an emergency.

Further information is available from the Child Brain Injury Trust: http://childbraininjurytrust.org.uk/

General Advice and Consent

Most of your questions should have been answered by this leaflet, but remember that this is only a starting point for discussion with the healthcare team.

Consent to treatment

Before any doctor, nurse or therapist examines or treats your child, they must seek your consent or permission. In order to make a decision, you need to have information from health professionals about the treatment or investigation which is being offered to your child. You should always ask them more questions if you do not understand or if you want more information.

The information you receive should be about your child’s condition, the alternatives available for your child, and whether it carries risks as well as the benefits. What is important is that your consent is genuine or valid. That means:

  • you must be able to give your consent
  • you must be given enough information to enable you to make a decision
  • you must be acting under your own free will and not under the strong influence of another person

Information about your child

We collect and use your child’s information to provide your child with care and treatment. As part of your child’s care, information about your child will be shared between members of a healthcare team, some of whom you may not meet. Your child’s information may also be used to help train staff, to check the quality of our care, to manage and plan the health service, and to help with research. Wherever possible we use anonymous data.

We may pass on relevant information to other health organisations that provide your child with care. All information is treated as strictly confidential and is not given to anyone who does not need it. If you have any concerns please ask your child’s doctor, or the person caring for your child.

Under the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018 we are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of any information we hold about your child. For further information visit the following page: Confidential Information about You.

If you or your carer needs information about your health and wellbeing and about your care and treatment in a different format, such as large print, braille or audio, due to disability, impairment or sensory loss, please advise a member of staff and this can be arranged.