What To Do If Your Child Injures Their Head
Accidents happen, but when it comes to injuries, a head injury is perhaps the one that all parents fear the most. As part of the body responsible for protecting the brain, head injuries should always be treated very seriously, even though more often than not, they turn out to be completely harmless and with a little TLC will heal up just like any bump or graze. So here’s a quick guide to what to do if your child sustains a head injury.
Your child bangs their head
Children bang their heads on all manner of things and it can be difficult to tell whether they have done serious damage or not. Most head injuries that are sustained by your child banging their head will simply end with a bump or a bruise and the skull will have done its job of protecting your children’s brain. Sometimes when a child bangs their head they may come running to you and be bleeding, a bleeding head injury can be even scarier but it’s important to realize that the scalp is a very vascular part of the body and so any tear or cut sustained will often bleed profusely, looking a lot worse than the injury actually is.
Whether your child is bleeding or not it’s important to monitor your child closely for any signs of a brain injury caused by pressure on the brain. Children often can’t communicate differences in how they are feeling as effectively as adults so always air on the side of caution and if in doubt always have the injury checked out. Some warning signs to look out for include:
- Difficult walking
- Intense crying after the shock has worn off
- Complaints of head and neck pain
If you see any of these signs then regardless of how bad the injury looks, call the emergency services straight away as it is always better to be cautious.
If your child has banged their head, does not seem dazed, confused or distressed and if the injury was bleeding you have been able to stop it, then the injury can usually be treated at home with rest, careful observation and a wrapped ice pack applied to the area for ten minutes to provide relief from localized swelling.
If within 48 hours of the injury you spot any of the signs of brain injury, confusion, difficulty walking or complaints of severe head and neck pain, then still contact your emergency services.
Brain injuries are caused when the brain hits the inside of the skull often due to a sharp, hard impact. If you suspect that your child could have a brain injury then you must seek medical attention straight away. On the off chance that the injury your child sustained was not their fault and they are diagnosed with a brain injury then you could be eligible for compensation to cover your medical bills, if you suspect this is the case then contact a lawyer who will be able to assist you. Find out more at www.braininjurylawofseattle.com/personal-injury-attorney-seattle/.
If in doubt
Finally, to reiterate, although the majority of head injuries sustained by children are not serious, you should always have them checked out by a doctor if you notice any abnormal signs of brain injury of your child’s behavior seems different. If in doubt, have it checked out.