Frequent question: How do you treat a child with a head injury?

What to watch for after child hits head?

When to get emergency medical help after your baby bumps their head

  • uncontrolled bleeding from a cut.
  • a dent or bulging soft spot on the skull.
  • excessive bruising and/or swelling.
  • vomiting more than once.
  • unusual sleepiness and/or difficulty staying alert.
  • loss of consciousness or not responding to voice/touch.

What is the first aid treatment for head injury?

Apply firm pressure to the wound with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. But don’t apply direct pressure to the wound if you suspect a skull fracture. Watch for changes in breathing and alertness. If the person shows no signs of circulation — no breathing, coughing or movement — begin CPR.

Should I take my child to the ER for hitting his head?

If your child loses consciousness or exhibits any symptoms commonly associated with a concussion following a collision, IMMEDIATELY remove the child from play and call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

What steps would you take if a child were injured?

Decide if someone should call 911 and what first aid is needed. Provide first aid that is appropriate for the injury or illness. As soon as possible have someone notify a parent or legal guardian. Also have someone notify the school nurse, if available.

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What do you put on a head injury?

1. Care for a Minor Scalp Wound

  1. Wash the area with mild soap and water.
  2. To stop bleeding, use a sterile cloth and apply pressure for 10 minutes.
  3. Ice the area for 20 minutes using ice wrapped in a towel or cloth. Ice the area again after an hour to reduce swelling and pain.

How long after a child hits their head can they go to sleep?

Children and adolescents with concussion can take up to four weeks to recover, but most concussions will get better on their own over several days. Following a mild head injury, your child will need to get plenty of rest and sleep, particularly in the first 24 to 48 hours.

Can child sleep after hitting head?

After a knock to the head, young children are often sleepy, especially if they have cried a lot or it is getting near to a nap time. If the child seemed well after the bump to the head, it is OK to let them go to sleep.

What are signs of a concussion in a child?

Signs and symptoms of a concussion may include:

  • Headache or a feeling of pressure in the head.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Balance problems or dizziness.
  • Double or blurry vision.
  • Sensitivity to light or noise.
  • Feeling fatigued, sluggish, groggy or dazed.
  • Difficulty paying attention.
  • Memory problems.