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.
Avoid stressful situations
Give your child enough time to rest and get better. Do not let your child do strenuous activities until the doctor has advised that your toddler has fully recovered.
Always be present
While your child is still recovering, make sure to stay with your toddler as they can be needier during this situation. Being present at all times when your child needs you helps them recover faster.
Here are some tips on how to child-proof your home to prevent your child from bumping their head:
- Put corner guards on sharp furniture corners or edges. You can use foams as a soft cushion so you can let your child rough play without worrying that they might hit their head again.
- Install safety gates up and down the stairs to prevent falls.
- Remove rugs or carpets where your toddler might slip when running or walking.
- Put some soft and cushioned play mats on your toddler’s play area, so that accidental falls won’t cause them to hurt their head.
- Have your toddler wear safety gear when riding a bicycle or a scooter.
- Never leave your child unattended, especially if they’re on the changing table or any high surfaces. If you need to leave your toddler for a while, place your child in the playpen, on the floor, or any area in your house that is not prone to accidents.
- Always make sure that the floors in your home are not slippery.
- Be mindful of your environment. Toddlers can be quite active and so affectionate that sometimes, they might suddenly appear behind you while you’re doing some housework. You need to be careful at all times to prevent yourself from hitting or bumping into your child accidentally.