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Health & Fitness

April 20, 2013

Speaking of Health: Brain injury prevention starts now

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Symptoms

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:

Adult

  • 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
  • Seizures
  • Pupil dilation in one or both eyes
  • Constant headache or headache that becomes more severe
  • Clear fluids coming out of the ears or nose

Children

  • 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.

Ronak Shah, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic Health System emergency medicine physician.

Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato is hosting its annual Bicycle Safety Rally from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, at the River Hills Mall in Mankato. Families can purchase bike helmets at a discounted price and participate in other bike safety activities. For more information, please go to mayoclinichealthsystem.org.

Health & Fitness coverage is supported by Mayo Clinic Health System, preserving the health and well-being of southern Minnesota communities.

 

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