Most children bump their heads on occasion and most of the time, no real treatment is necessary. But sometimes a bad bump can lead to problems, and it’s important to know when to seek help.
If your child is alert and responds to questions after the accident, the head injury is probably minor and no tests or x-rays are needed. Crying from pain or fright should stop after several minutes. Watch your child closely for a time and provide a cold compress for any bumps. Other symptoms that arise, including the following, indicate you should seek immediate medical attention:
- A headache that doesn’t go away or gets worse
- Confusion or slurred speech.
- Vomiting more than 2 or 3 times
- Difficulty walking
- Excessive sleepiness
- Extreme irritability or abnormal behavior
If your infant or child under the age of two falls or hurts his head, especially if there are cuts or bruises or the child doesn’t act normally, call us so we can help you decide on a course of action.
For more information about head injuries in children, visit healthychildren.org