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Skull Fracture in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is a skull fracture?

A skull fracture is a break in a bone in your child's head.


What are the signs and symptoms of a skull fracture?

Signs and symptoms depend on the cause of your child's skull fracture:

How is a skull fracture diagnosed?

How is a skull fracture treated?

Treatment will depend on the type of fracture your child has. Your child may need any of the following:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

What should I do if my child has a head trauma?

How can a skull fracture be prevented?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my child's doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your child. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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