Falling, an unexpected tumble, or any minor accidents can happen in your babies anytime. It could be from a couch to the floor, the bed to the floor, from a highchair, a countertop, or any other high place around the house, a thorough check is essential especially when the fall causes your baby to bang his head.
First of all, you have to seriously check a presence of a serious wound, broken limbs, and that your baby is not suffering from concussion or internal damage that may be caused by the fall. Your babies might develop a serious head injury that could lead to serious illness in the future or in the present.
Symptoms that the fall has caused something to your babies are not visible immediately. Thorough observation is needed particularly in the next 24 hours. If your baby looks fine to you and seems to act pretty normal, chances are the fall did not affect him or her much. Keep an eye on him though as other complications might occur in the next few hours. However, if you wish to be sure that your baby is fine and if the severity of the fall or bump is uncomfortable for you, get your child to a doctor or physician and have him checked.
Sometimes, there are cases where immediate rescue is needed after the fall of your babies. The involvement of emergency personnel is required and calling them immediately should be done especially when this happens after the fall.
- Your baby might lose his or her consciousness due to the fall. When your child is not breathing, have someone call for help to emergency hotlines such as 911 while you perform infant CPR if your child is not a year older or perform CPR otherwise. This action should be administered until the help arrives. In cases where you don’t have someone call 911, perform the CPR on your child for two minutes and call 911 afterwards.
- Commonly, bleeding can be stopped by applying pressure to the bleeding area. If the bleeding caused by the fall cannot be stopped with pressure, immediately call 911.
- This is not common to happen right after the fall but can still happen. In cases where this happens to your child, immediately call for help.
- When your child is breathing but is unresponsive or unconscious, go call for help. This symptom is usually observed right after the fall, or if you can’t wake your baby up after a nap or sleep.
- Broken bones. Broken bones might not be obvious but if you notice an awkward bent anywhere in your child’s body after the fall, then immediately call for help or bring him to the doctor yourself to have him checked.
- Skull fracture. This might not happen the instant your child fell, but when there is a presence of a soft, swollen area on the scalp particularly on the side of the head (right above or behind the ear), blood showing in the whites of his eyes, or a pinkish fluid or blood is draining from his nose or ears, immediately seek for help. If the help comes too late, bring him to the hospital yourself!
- You’ll know whether your baby is experiencing this one due to constant vomiting or excessive sleepiness. There could be problems in his motor skills, speech, or vision. Some changes in the way your child walks or your baby crawls, frequent headaches or dizziness, and weakness or confusion could be observed.
- Brain injury. Depending on the severity of the fall, developing brain injury is not so common. But, if ever, the symptoms include changes in pupil size and unusual eye movements.
Frequently, falls does not end up immediately with those things mentioned above. Instantly, these things should be done right after the fall.
- Put ice pack on the affected area regularly for short period of time in the first few days to bring down swelling.
- Make your child take regular rests.
- Give your child or babies paracetamol suited for their age. Avoid giving them ibuprofen or aspirin as these drugs may cause the injury to bleed.
- Stay with your babies always to have a thorough and correct observation on the changes of your child’s action or if symptoms stated before are to be seen.
When these things are done, still check your babies regularly to see if further symptoms have occurred. Just to be sure, bring them to doctors and have them checked by those medical experts.