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What To Do If Your Child Suffers a Head Injury

Some important tips here, please read and digest just in case your child ever suffers with a serious accident or injury to their head.

You must seek medical emergency assistance if your child:

  • is unconscious;
  • conscious, but if you fear a neck injury;
  • suffers from nausea or vomiting;
  • has blood or clear fluid coming out of his nose and his ears;
  • presence of severe headaches that last more than an hour;
  • has an irregular or abnormal breathing;
  • suffers from dizziness and vertigo;
  • is sleepy or lose consciousness;
  • has difficulty moving or fewer sensations;
  • has blurred vision;
  • suffers from convulsions (involuntary contractions causing violent muscle movements of a body part or the whole body).

If in doubt, do not hesitate to contact the emergency services, or call a local doctor for immediate advice. Please do not try and diagnose on Youtube as some people have been known to do.

First aid

1staidIf your child does not seem to have fracture a fracture after the incident then you must:

  1. Apply a bandage on the wound and apply pressure to stop the bleeding.
  1. Secure the dressing with a bandage.

If your child is hit, but not bleeding, apply pressure on the wound, and to reduce swelling, apply a cold compress or ice where it hurts.

If you fear that they have an injury to the head or neck:

  1. Reassure them.
  1. Secure the head and neck, and hold it in the position in which you found it.
  1. If he wears a helmet, do not remove it.
  1. Call the emergency services.
  1. If bleeding continues then apply a compress on the wound, applying light pressure, unless blood or other fluid flowing from his nose and his ears. Pansez slightly affected area with a clean cloth or gauze.

A fall of 15 cm (6 in) onto a hard surface is sufficient to cause significant head injuries. See a doctor if your child has head injuries, although the injury does not seem serious.

How to prevent accidents?

  • Use safety gates to prevent your child falls down stairs.
  • Make sure he puts his seatbelt in a vehicle.
  • Stay cautious near a body of water: teach your child to enter feet first, and make sure the water is deep enough before he plunges into it.