Every head injury should be considered potentially life-threatening. That’s one of the key messages for this month’s Brain Injury Awareness Month, with a reported 3.6 million people in the US sustaining brain injuries each year. The recent tragic death of 65-year-old actor Bob Saget highlights just how serious any head injury can be. (The actor accidentally hit the back of his head, didn’t realize the severity, and went to sleep, as far too many people do).
The following are important warning signs to watch for:
- Headache that gets worse and does not go away
- Repeated nausea and/or vomiting
- Loss of consciousness
- Increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation