Some important tips here, please read and digest just in case your child ever suffers with a serious accident or injury to their head.
You must seek medical emergency assistance if your child:
- is unconscious;
- conscious, but if you fear a neck injury;
- suffers from nausea or vomiting;
- has blood or clear fluid coming out of his nose and his ears;
- presence of severe headaches that last more than an hour;
- has an irregular or abnormal breathing;
- suffers from dizziness and vertigo;
- is sleepy or lose consciousness;
- has difficulty moving or fewer sensations;
- has blurred vision;
- suffers from convulsions (involuntary contractions causing violent muscle movements of a body part or the whole body).
If in doubt, do not hesitate to contact the emergency services, or call a local doctor for immediate advice. Please do not try and diagnose on Youtube as some people have been known to do.
If your child does not seem to have fracture a fracture after the incident then you must:
- Apply a bandage on the wound and apply pressure to stop the bleeding.
- Secure the dressing with a bandage.
If your child is hit, but not bleeding, apply pressure on the wound, and to reduce swelling, apply a cold compress or ice where it hurts.
If you fear that they have an injury to the head or neck:
- Reassure them.
- Secure the head and neck, and hold it in the position in which you found it.
- If he wears a helmet, do not remove it.
- Call the emergency services.
- If bleeding continues then apply a compress on the wound, applying light pressure, unless blood or other fluid flowing from his nose and his ears. Pansez slightly affected area with a clean cloth or gauze.
A fall of 15 cm (6 in) onto a hard surface is sufficient to cause significant head injuries. See a doctor if your child has head injuries, although the injury does not seem serious.
How to prevent accidents?
- Use safety gates to prevent your child falls down stairs.
- Make sure he puts his seatbelt in a vehicle.
- Stay cautious near a body of water: teach your child to enter feet first, and make sure the water is deep enough before he plunges into it.