My child bumped her head. Does she need an MRI?

Our Daddy MD Guide’s reply: Often, parents will come to me wanting an MRI to reassure themselves that there is nothing wrong. And while there are times when I will deem it necessary, there are also many times where it would be overkill.

An MRI is usually an excellent comfort-inducing procedure for parents. So is holding a parent’s hand. I prefer the hand-holding and witnessing a child’s health status.

Tyler C. Cymet, DO, an osteopathic physician and the father of a 3½-year-old daughter and a board-certified family physician and internal medicine specialist in private practice, in Owings Mills, MD.

Q&A by Wyatt Myers