For parents, teachers and other professionals who work in a childcare setting, there are few more heart-stopping experiences than a child suffering a head injury. The reason we react so seriously to a child head injury is because we know the potential consequences. Often, the child may be blissfully unaware of the severity of the situation, and even somewhat puzzled by all the fuss. Even apparently minor or innocuous looking incidents can have serious repercussions when it comes to child head injuries.
What to look for after a child head injury
In schools and other childcare settings, there will be staff who are qualified in paediatric first aid, meaning they will know the signs and symptoms to look for, and what to do. However, if your child is injured whilst you’re out in a public place, or home alone, it’s vital that you yourself know what to look for.
Of course, if you ever have any doubts at all over your child’s condition following a head injury, take them to a medical professional.
Head injuries fall into two main categories – external and internal. External injuries are things such as cuts. The important signs to look out for, which mean you should call a doctor, include:
- Lost consciousness, no matter how briefly
- Your child won’t stop crying and is hard to console
- Children complaining of pains in the head and neck
- Vomiting several times after a head injury
- Your child isn’t easily woken and, when they are awake, doesn’t walk or talk normally
Even if behaviour is normal after a child head injury, you should apply an ice pack to the injured area for 20 minutes every few hours and watch your child very closely for the next 24 hours, immediately calling a doctor if any of the above symptoms appear.
Symptoms of internal head injuries include:
- Unconsciousness for longer than a few seconds
- Unequal pupil size
- Bleeding or clear fluid excretion from the nose, ear or mouth
Unconscious children should not be moved in case they have damaged their neck or spine.
Making a claim
If you, or your child, suffers a head injury after a slip or fall in an accident caused by someone else, then injury compensation may be due. A quick call to Accident Advice Helpline can set you on the way so call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 today!
Date Published: February 23, 2017
Author: Accident Advice