Wellness - Safety/First Aid | 3-12 yrs

Head Injuries In Children

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Head injuries often occur in childhood as well as adolescence. Some head injuries are mild while others can be life-threatening. These injuries can occur as a result of a fall from a bike, motor vehicle accidents, falls, assaults and trauma related to sports.

Hopkinsmedicine.org, in one of its articles, says head injuries are one of the most common causes of disability and death in children with injuries ranging from a bump, a bruise, or a cut to the head. Severe cases may result in a concussion, a deep cut or open wound, internal bleeding and damage to the brain or fractured skull bones.

In case of a head injury to their child, parents should stay calm and try to do the following:

  • If a child is bleeding heavily, put a clean cloth on the wound and apply direct pressure for a few minutes.
  • For minor cuts, gently rinse the area with mild soap and warm water.
  • For a minor bump on the head, an ice pack or a bag of frozen veggies is great for easing discomfort.

According to an article published in parents.com in 2010, as soon as the accident occurs, and up to a few weeks after, it is vital to look out for confused speech, lethargy, blurred or double vision or vomiting and headaches.

Parents should ensure that they have all the details of the accident to share with the doctor. If you want to know more about what to do when a little one suffers a head injury, please go through the pages of this ClipBook.

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