Babies are curious souls; they are always looking to learn something new. In this quest of knowledge, they constantly move around and try different things without any fear of getting hurt. While you might be tempted to stop them, you should try not to. At times, they might hurt themselves a little in the process. But, isn’t that a part of growing up?
Have your kids ever fallen off their chair, crib, or bed? Of course, they have. They might have hurt themselves too. Yes, it can be very difficult to see them cry and it is pretty scary too. One of the most common injuries you might have observed is on the back of their tiny heads. And, that bump on their heads can get you all worried. But, don’t worry, we have your back. Here, we will discuss how you can respond if something like this ever happens.
First And Foremost, Don’t Panic! Just Follow These 3 Essential Steps:
- Take a pack of frozen peas and wrap it in a thin towel. Place it on the bump of your little one’s head for around two to five minutes. And, continue doing this on and off for at least one hour. You can also use a diaper instead of the towel.
- Suppose the bump on the baby’s head is too big, then you can consult your doc. And, give medications as per the pediatrician’s suggestion.
- Also, you might want to elevate your little angel’s head to the level of his/her heart. This may help avoid blood from getting collected in the area that was affected. But, yes, do take your doc’s advice for the same.
After You Have Carried Out The Above Steps, You Can Do This Next
- Be alert to your children’s behavior. If your tiny tots are crying in a normal manner, then it might be alright. However, do keep observing their behavior for at least several weeks. Observe if they are able to balance while walking. Are there any changes in the way they speak? Do they have headaches? Are they vomiting? If you notice something odd, do talk to your doc immediately.
- At times, head injuries can leave a dent on a person’s head. If you observe a dent on your toddler’s head, consult your pediatrician immediately. If they have still not started walking or talking, observe signs like whether or not they are crying in a high pitched manner. Are they facing any difficulties while feeding?
- At times, the babies might go to sleep soon after the incident. There might be nothing to worry about. But, sleeping is a little different from losing your consciousness. Be on a lookout for that. And, consult your doc accordingly.
When Do You Call For Help?
If you notice any of these following symptoms, you have to immediately talk to the doc as soon as possible:
- They lose consciousness
- They are bleeding
- They suffer from a seizure
- They are not responding
- They are suffering from a concussion
- They have been crying or screaming for a long time
What Can You Do To Avoid It In The First Place?
When they are in a growing phase, you will often find your kiddos wandering around. After all, if they do not explore, how will they learn? And, it is not always possible to keep a check on them all the time. But, you can still make a few changes in your house, perhaps baby proof it a bit. While small bumps are alright, but there are a few things that you can do to avoid the big ones:
- Properly pad all the sharp corners that you can find in your house, be it a coffee table or any other furniture.
- Place a non-slip mat under your carpet or rug to avoid any nasty falls.
- Once your munchkin starts standing inside the crib, bring the mattress down to a position from where he/she can easily climb down without falling.
Falling and learning to get back up is a vital lesson that one needs to learn at a young age. So, give your little ones that space while maintaining all the necessary precautions. Don’t worry, you have got this!