A bump on the head is common in people of all ages, and shouldn’t result in any permanent damage. Our heads are tougher than you might think and symptoms of a minor head injury are usually mild and short-lived.
Over 80% of all head injuries are minor with nothing to worry about and can be treated at home.
Children are more likely to sustain a minor head injury because they have high energy levels and little sense of danger.
Resting will help most adults and children make a full recovery from a minor head injury within 2-3 days.
Rushing back into daily activities, stressful situations and taking part in physical sport can delay recovery from symptoms.
It’s normal for a minor head injury to lead to the following symptoms:
Your cranium is the large bony case that surrounds your delicate brain and protects it from bumps and knocks. It is made up of eight large, flat bones.
Minor head injuries can usually be treated at home. Most people will make a full recovery and feel well again in a few days.
The following will help treat a minor head injury:
You can take simple steps to reduce the likelihood of head injuries, like wearing a helmet while cycling. Reduce hazards in the home or around you that may cause a fall or trip and use the correct safety equipment for work, sport and DIY!
Call NHS 111 for medical advice if you, a relative or friend have had a knock to the head and display any of the following symptoms:
If you're concerned about yourself, a relative or friend, call NHS 111 for medical advice, this free service is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
The advisors taking 111 calls are in the same room as those answering 999 calls, so if urgent attention is needed, they can arrange it immediately for you.
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This website was created in 2015 by West Hampshire CCG in order to support local people to manage minor illness and injury.