Types Of Injuries
Injuries sustained to the head can be placed into two categories:
- External (generally scalp) injuries.
- Internal injuries to the head, which might include the skull, the vessels inside the skull, or the brain cavity.
Luckily, most blows or falls kid’s receive to the head effect the scalp only, which is generally more terrifying. An internal injury sustained to the head could have more severe repercussions because it might result in blood loss or bruising to the brain.
- The scalp contains a lot of veins and vessels, so even a slight incision can bleed extensively.
- The inflammation that might appear after a blow to the head is when the scalp’s vessels start to leak fluid or blood beneath the scalp.
- It might take a few days or even a week to dissolve.
Signs To Observe
Phone your doctor if your child is still a baby; has become unconscious, even temporarily; or if a kid of any age experiences the following:
- Continues to cry;
- If they say their head or neck hurts;
- Vomits constantly;
- Hard to wake up;
- They are difficult to comfort; and
- There is a problem when they walk.
If your child is not a baby, is still conscious, and is observant and behaving normally after falling or sustaining a blow:
- Place an ice pack to the bruised area for 15 minutes every 3 hours. If you make use of ice, always cover it in a rag; ice placed openly on bare skin can cause further damage to the skin.
- Examine your child cautiously for the next 12 hours. If you observe any symptoms of internal injury, phone your health practitioner straight away.
- If the accident has occurred close to bedtime and your child falls asleep quickly afterward, check on them a few times during the night to check for irregularities in color or any problems with their breathing.
- If everything appears normal, and you notice no other irregularities, let your child nap (except if the doctor has instructed otherwise).