3 SIGNS YOU SHOULD WORRY
How can you tell if the bump is a little more serious?
If the bump on his head gets bigger over hours or days or your tot develops a temperature
“This suggests an underlying skull fracture, and there is nothing specific in terms of first aid that you can do really. The best thing to do in this instance is to get your toddler to a doctor immediately preferably one with CT scan facilities,” says pediatric emergency consultant Dr Deirdre O’Donnell.
If he falls over, doesn’t cry and loses consciousness and/or vomits more than three times after the injury
“Vomiting after a head injury is very common, but persistent vomiting, regardless of whether the child lost consciousness or not, is considered an indicator for a CT scan, as it can be a sign of increased pressure on the brain inside the skull from bleeding or brain swelling. Don’t force your child to eat or give them anything to stop vomiting, just keep giving them fluids – small amounts, and frequently. This can include any sort of ‘wet’ foods, such as yoghurt, jelly, ice lollies or fruit.”
If you notice any deformities on his limbs or tender swelling on his wrists, above his elbow or on his shoulder line (collar bone)
“If you see anything on your child that you are unsure about, you should have it assessed by a doctor. These can be anything from simple bruises to fractured bones,” she says.