Instructions for patients suffering from a head injury

Information about the time after a head injury.

Our doctor has examined you and finds it safe to send you home, but with the following instructions:

After a head injury there is a risk that you have had a concussion as well. This may emerge immediately or during the first 24 hours following your injury.

You may experience headache, nausea, difficulty to concentrate and possibly feel dizzy. More often than not these symptoms disappear within a few days.

You are allowed to sleep, but it is considered important that an adult is with you the first 24 hours, to make sure that you can be woken up and are not exhibiting abnormal behaviour.

You are allowed to take painkillers, such as Pamol, if you experience headache. They can be purchased at any pharmacy or at many stores. Remember to follow the instructions on the package.

You should be aware of the following symptoms:

  • Increasing drowsiness or confusion and unrest.
  • Any new visual problems.
  • Seizures.
  • If others experience that you are talking in an inexplicable manner and behaving abnormally.
  • Increasing nausea and severe and persistent vomiting.
  • Worsening headache.
  • Paralysis or trouble with controlling arms or legs.
  • One of your pupils in your eyes is bigger than the other, under the same lightning conditions.

If you experience any of the above mentioned symptoms, you must react right away by contacting the emergency telephone, using the following telephone number 1813.

What to avoid

The first 24 hours after a concussion you should not be alone.
To prevent prolongation of possible headache, tiredness and dizziness, you should not walk too fast in the initial phase after your head injury. In other words, in the first few days - or until the headache, nausea or dizziness is gone - do not do things, which require a lot of concentration or effort e.g.:

  • Physical effort consisting of physically hard work or sports.
  • Work which requires a lot of concentration.
  • Watching TV or sitting in front of a computer screen for a longer period of time.
  • Reading for a longer period of time without proper breaks.
  • Drinking alcohol.

If in doubt?

If you are in doubt about what to do regarding an injury or any acute medical condition, please contact the emergency telephone using the following telephone number 1813.