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Two and half year old son fell and bumped his head; glue was used to close it up. He has fever today.

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My son fell and bumped his head yesterday it bled we went to ER they used glue to close it up we went home and today he has a fever should I take him back to ER he's 2 and a half Age: 2 years male Past Medical History

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Expert:  Dr. John Monheit replied 4 Days.


It seems like your son had a cut lacerated wound on the head which was patched up with glue to prevent scar formation.

It seems like it was a minor injury and the fever has developed because of the pain. It is important to rule out other causes of fever on trauma like infection at the site of laceration. Gently observe if there is excessive swelling or pus from the site. It there is a little pus, you can safely wash the site with warm soap water or an antiseptic solution. You can give him 0.4 ml or quarter tea-spoon of Tylenol oral suspension.

IF there is excessive pus draining or increased swelling at the site, I would advise you to take him to GP who might do a better job cleaning the site. He might even open the glued area to give it an antiseptic wash and prevent spread of infection.

I would also advise you to look out for signs of internal brain trauma like continuous vomiting and excessive drowsiness.

Thank you.

Dr. John Monheit
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Medical School: The Chicago Medical Center
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