ZocdocAnswersWhat happens when a baby falls and his forehead is swollen?

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What happens when a baby falls and his forehead is swollen?

The 2 years baby felt down 2 weeks ago. Now I feel something wrong with his left eye. Look like is smaller

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That is an excellent question and one that is best answered by a primary care doctor or a pediatrician and based upon the history, should be something that is done on an urgent basis. The bruising you are describing which is related to the fall can be a normal effect of a fall, and similar to what happens when adults hit their heads, but the fact that there is a change to the baby's eye is a concerning issue that is the reason it is suggested that you have your child evaluated as soon as possible. Depending on the type of fall, there could be some bleeding within the brain or around the brain which can cause increased pressure and damage to the brain, which can manifest itself with lethargy, changes in breathing and heart rate, or changes in the size of the pupils or reactivity of the pupils. This could even become a potential emergency requiring surgical intervention. Since it is not clear what the overall appearance and neurological examination is of the child, it is important that you have the baby evaluated to make sure there is nothing concerning that may require surgery, or admission to the hospital for close monitoring.

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