Child Falling Down:
First and foremost, before doing anything else and even before touching your child after a fall, you have to first assess the degree and the height of the fall. If you are talking about the result of swelling of the head you would also have to consider these following questions:
- Did your child experience loss of consciousness after the fall?
- How long did your child pass out?
- Did your child experience vomiting after the incident?
- Did your child complain of nausea and became sluggish after the incident?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you have to bring your child to the nearest hospital as soon as possible.
However, if the child did not experience any of this but complains about the swelling in the head, then you can do these following measures to control and to be able to alleviate the discomfort your child may be experiencing:
- Place a cold compress or an ice in the area where the swelling is.
- Allow your child to rest.
- Let the child lie down or sit, depending on the choice of comfort.
- Assess the condition of the child from time to time.
There’s nothing much you can do but merely provide means of comfort for your child.Assess as well if there is bleeding in the area where your child hit her head at. If there is, wash and clean the area and apply an antiseptic solution.
Child Head Injury:
The rule of thumb in cases of accidental falls: do not move the person after the fall. You have to rule out first the possibility of spinal injury. Moving the person can compromise and could add injury.
Vomiting, loss of consciousness, and lethargy are the cardinal signs of brain injury. In order to rule this out, you have to bring the child to the nearest medical facility to ensure that there is no other damage done.
Preventing Child Head Injuries:
When you have a toddler with you, as much as possible avoid furniture that could be a triggering factor for them to climb up. When you have stairs in your house, barricade these so to prevent your child from gaining access to them. Bookshelves are also becoming one of the reasons for falls and injuries of children. They make these as imaginary makeshifts where they try to climb at. Removing these items would likely prevent and lessen the risk of injury.