Head pain from a fall can be reduced and treated with rest and ice, advises Drugs.com. For the first 24 hours after a fall, an individual should put an ice pack on the injury for 20 minutes every hour to reduce swelling and decrease pain.
Another way to reduce the pain of a head injury after a fall is to take over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen, suggests Drugs.com. NSAIDs or anti-inflammatory drugs also help to decease pain as well as fever, although they should be taken with caution because as blood thinners they can cause kidney and bleeding problems. After a head injury, an individual needs to rest and avoid strenuous activities for at least one day. He should also be woken up regularly during the night to ensure he is lucid and his head injury is not more serious.
If a head injury results immediately in slurred speech, confusion, dizziness and unconsciousness, emergency medical services should be contacted immediately, explains WebMD. Some other urgent symptoms include vision problems or uneven pupils and fluid or blood trickling from the ears or other orifices. If the individual develops irritability, restlessness, vomiting, muscle weakness or an increasingly severe headache, an appointment with a doctor should be scheduled.