Most people recognise that head injuries can be pretty serious at times. While many people suffer a head injury that has no adverse effects beyond a mild headache, others might sustain a more serious head injury. Knowing what to look for and when to call for medical help is essential.
This is particularly true in the case of head injuries to toddlers. Since a toddler cannot tell you how they feel, or if they feel sick or woozy in some way, you have to rely on your own instincts to determine how major or minor the head injury could be. Of course if you are in any doubt at all over the seriousness of the injury it is always best to seek medical advice.
Are head injuries to toddlers quite common?
They are generally quite rare in terms of more serious injuries. There are plenty of cases where toddlers start getting up and around and end up falling over and bumping their head occasionally. If they do bump their head and it seems quite minor, just keep an eye on them for the next 24 hours to see how they are. Sometimes they won’t show any ill-effects after about five minutes, let alone 24 hours. However, you should be aware of more serious effects if they become apparent, so you can seek urgent medical attention if need be.
Injuries of this kind are thankfully rare but they can potentially happen in all kinds of ways. In some cases there could be evidence that negligence led to an accident where a toddler banged his or her head. For example if they attend nursery and were left alone for a period of time and hurt themselves, this could mean negligence was potentially involved. Thankfully such incidents at nurseries are barely heard of and rarely occur.
Knowing what to do and when
The main advice is to stay with someone who has had a head injury – however minor it might be – for 24 hours following the injury itself. This applies just as much to toddlers. Indeed since they cannot tell you how they feel in the same way an adult can, it becomes even more important to do this.
If you are in doubt over your child’s head injury, Accident Advice Helpline may be able to help. Just call us free on 0800 689 0500 to learn more information now.
Date Published: July 12, 2015
Author: Rob Steen