Your child has had a significant trauma to the head. Studies have shown there can be injury to the brain if the child either lost consciousness at the time of the trauma or if they start vomiting within 24 hours of the injury.
You do not have to wake the child or keep them up at night. Your child will have a horrible headache for 3-5 days after the injury. Do not hesitate to give the child an adequate dose of Tylenol or Motrin. Do not give the child a narcotic for the headache, because we would want to know if there is a change in his/her mental status or behavior.
IF YOUR CHILD LOST CONSCIOUSNESS WHEN THEY HIT THEIR HEAD OR THEY BEGIN TO VOMIT WITHIN 24 HOURS OF HITTING THEIR HEAD, THEY NEED TO BE TAKEN TO THE CLOSEST ER FOR EVALUATION.