Head Injuries and bumps to the head can be common in little ones, especially when they start to toddle about.
Cornwall Resus are on hand to offer some expert advice on what to do if your child sustains a Head Injury.
- Help your child to sit down or rest.
- Apply a cold compress to the area; it is common to see a swollen bump.
- Child friendly compresses or Ice packs are perfect for this, or you can use a cold wet flannel or towel.
- You can use some frozen vegetables or ice but make sure you wrap in a clean tea towel or flannel first to make more comfortable. Never place ice directly on the skin as it can cause pain.
- Apply for up to 20 minutes. Check that the skin is not red or pink from the compress after 5 minutes, and then re-apply as necessary. This will reduce the external swelling and relieve pain.
Head Injuries can sometimes also cause internal injury so it is really important to stay with your child and observe for any signs of concussion. These include;
- Loss of consciousness
- Increased drowsiness or tiredness
- Blurred vision
If any of these signs are present you should seek medical attention.
Babies and Children won’t always be able to communicate pain or changes in vision so if they are difficult to settle or you are worried about them – it is best to seek medical attention.
If your child vomits, loses consciousness or you are unsure how bad the injury is then always seek urgent medical attention.