Trauma to the head, especially scalp and cranium, that may be limited to soft tissue damage or may include cranial bones and the brain.

Severe symptoms to observe

  • Does not seem to be acting like his/her normal self
  • Headache becomes worse with time
  • Vomits more than once or nausea and vomiting last longer than 4 hours
  • Ability to use arms/legs is not normal

Self-Care 

If no symptoms above are indicated, you should do the following:

  • Students should be awakened by roommate every 2 hours for the first 24 hours after the injury. Should be checked to see if they are acting normally. Set your alarm to remind yourself to get up and wake student. If unable to awaken student or student is unable to answer questions, call 911 and campus security.
  • Eat lightly and limit your activity for 24 hours.
  • Avoid narcotics and alcohol.
  • If odd behavior is noted, call 911 and campus security.
  • Take pain medication such as Tylenol and Ibuprofen as directed.
  • Headache and dizziness are very common after head injury. If they become worse with time, call 911 and campus security.

Treatment

If student has any of the above severe symptoms, they must be taken to ER immediately.