It is best to know the basics when it comes to treating your toddler’s bumped head. Knowing first-aid when it comes to this situation will help in assuring that your child is safe and is given proper care before first responders arrive.
Here are some tips on how to treat a head bump:
Do not panic
Getting worried or even scared when your child gets hurt is normal. However, panicking is not the best action you must be showing your kid at this moment.
Try to be calm and assess the situation. Being calm will also help your child to stay calm as well.
Determine how the accident took place
If you’re not with your child when the accident happened, it is best to know how your child got hurt. Is it because your child fell, slipped, or just accidentally hit on the head while playing?
Knowing how your child got the injury will help you recognize whether your child may have hurt other parts of the body. This step will also help you determine the severity of your child’s condition.
Place a pack of ice on the injured part
Applying a cold compress on the injured area will help slow down blood flow, which helps reduce swelling and bruising. A “goose egg” lump will still show up after your toddler’s accident, but the icing will help lessen the pain.
Give pain medication
You can give your toddler some paracetamol to relieve pain. Ask your doctor about the time between each dosage. Avoid giving your toddler ibuprofen or aspirin as these medications could lead to bleeding. Never give aspirin to children, especially when they have a fever or possible viral infection as this can cause Reye’s syndrome.
Bring your toddler in the hospital if the head bump is more severe
After administering first aid at home, immediately bring your child to the emergency if you suspect that your child’s condition is much worse.
Once at the hospital, doctors and nurses will run some tests on your child to determine the gravity of the injury.
Make sure to stay with your child (if possible) at all times, to make them feel secure and safe, as well as to help them stay calm while the hospital personnel are doing some tests.
Monitor your child for one to two days after the injury
As soon as you get home from the hospital, start monitoring your child’s behavior, mood, and sleeping pattern. Observe your kid for 24 to 48 hours to see if there are toddler head bump warning signs, which might lead to serious head trauma.