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Kentucky residents who have been in any type of accident where they have hit their heads know that the brain can be an interesting thing. You may feel fine after getting hit in the head, only to discover that you have a serious brain injury or concussion several hours or even days later. Because of this, it is important that every possible injury is treated by a medical professional and that you are aware of the signs and symptoms of a brain injury.

Brain injuries can range from mild to severe, and those with a severe problem may notice symptoms that manifest within the first few hours or days. According to the Mayo Clinic, there are several different types of symptoms that you should watch for.

The first symptoms are physical. These are often more obvious and can include the loss of coordination, the inability to wake up, seizures or convulsions, persistent headaches or headaches that get worse, repeated nausea or vomiting, clear fluids coming from the ears or nose, numbness or weakness in the toes and fingers or any loss of consciousness.

Mental and cognitive symptoms are different but no less worrisome. These can include slurred speech, a disorder of consciousness such as a coma, combativeness, agitation or other strange behavior and profound confusion.

When children have a brain injury it can be difficult for them to explain their symptoms, so you can watch for several things. These include drowsiness, easy irritability, change in nursing or eating habits and a depressed or sad mood. Also watch for an inability to pay attention, inconsolable crying or loss of interest in favorite activities or toys.

Head injuries are most often caused by vehicle-related collisions, falls, sports injuries, violence and combat injuries. If you have been involved in any of these incidents and feel you may have a brain injury it is important to seek help from a medical professional.

This is intended for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as legal advice.