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CornField Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-25-05 01:17 PM
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How long do you need to stay awake after a blow to the head?
Is there a standard amount of time?
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LiberalVoice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-25-05 01:19 PM
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1. How bad is the blow?
IF you have a concussion or you think you do you need to get to a hospital.
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CornField Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-25-05 01:22 PM
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2. Not me -- my son. Already phoned and spoke with the doctor.
I just forgot that we were so close to his regular nap time.

Also, I found some information on Dr. Sears' site: http://www.askdrsears.com/html/8/T082300.asp

Thank you for replying!

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intheflow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-25-05 01:22 PM
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3. I'd say it depends.
Is there bleeding? Blurred vision? Ears ringing? Then I'd say stay awake as long as it takes to get someone to take you to the ER!

Otherwise, all other things being normal, it seems to me an hour would be sufficient.

However, I only have an American Cross certification in basic first aid. If you really think sleepiness is assoiatd with a head blow, go to a doctor! DUers are political junkies and even the best doctor posting here probably couldn't diagnose you over the Internet.
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nothingshocksmeanymore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-25-05 01:24 PM
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4. Is he vomiting? Any dilation of pupils?
both would be signs of a moderate to severe concussion
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Worst Username Ever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-25-05 01:26 PM
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5. I would recommend not asking DU for med advice
your child needs to see a doc...
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Moderator DU Moderator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-25-05 01:40 PM
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6. Locking...
DU is not an appropriate place to seek serious medical advice. If you have suffered head trauma, please seek a doctor/professional immediately. We all wish you well.

-DU Moderator.
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