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Head Injury: What to do when baby hits his head

It is always frightening when a child hits his head especially when they are babies or toddlers. Do not get upset every time your baby bumps his head because it sometimes happen even though we are careful as a parent. However, it is important to know when to take the baby’s head bumps seriously.

When a child hits his head, there can be two kinds of injuries: external and internal. While external injuries look scary but they are mostly surface-level and not that severe. Internal injury, however, can be very serious, so thoroughly check the child for injuries, monitor them closely for at least 24 hours, and if you find any of the following symptoms, call your pediatrician immediately.

Watch for Symptoms

  • Bruises on his head
  • Sleeping more or less than normal
  • Crying while moving his head
  • Excessive Crankiness and Irritability
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of interest in play
  • Complains of a headache
  • Exhibits unusual behavior

How to treat a bump on a child’s head

It might be hard for a parent to estimate how much your baby is hurt by the injury. The best way to know is to observe your child’s behavior.Bump on the head looks scary but the swelling occurs on the head because your child’s skull is just under the skin.

  • As soon as your baby bumps his head, hold it and rub it hard with your palm to avoid any blood clots to form inside the head.
  • When your baby bumps his head from a fall, it is possible to get cuts from sharp objects. Use an antiseptic on these cuts immediately.
  • Instead of cuts, if you see any swelling, then it can be treated at home using ice as it helps to soothe the pain and reduce swelling. Apply an ice pack to the bump for about 5 minutes off and on. Repeat this every three or four hours. Don’t apply the ice directly to the baby’s skin,instead wrap the ice pack in a thin towel. Feeding your baby during this time can help distract him from the discomfort.
  • If the baby is cranky or crying even after 15 minutes of the fall or if you find any other symptoms, do not wait but rush to the doctor immediately to check for any internal injury.

As we say, it is always better to be safe, than sorry!


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