What's Going Around: Head Injuries

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) Between fall sports and car accidents, Mid-Michigan doctors have been seeing a lot of patients with head injuries.

Dr. Susan Fedewa at 98-point-6 Emergicenter says most head trauma does not require hospitalization. But even minor injuries can cause chronic problems.

Symptoms to look out for include vomiting, severe headaches, confusion, loss of balance, and weakness in arms or legs. Some people may also experience slurred speech, unequal pupil size and seizures.

Symptoms for children are the same, but parents should also watch for persistent crying and refusal to eat. A common sign of a head injury in babies is bulging in the soft spot on the front of the head.

If you experience any of the symptoms, Dr. Fedewa suggests seeing a doctor right away, because they may indicate a more serious head injury.