Inevitably at some point your child will fall and hit their head — all kids do, especially when they’re just learning to get steady on their feet as they walk. Fortunately, the vast majority of head bumps don’t require a trip to the doctor — just hugs, some ice if your child will tolerate it (wrapped in a towel, of course), and close observation on your part.
It’s important to note, though, that if your child loses consciousness after a fall — even if it’s only for a few seconds — you should bring them to MacKoul Pediatrics. They’ll most likely be fine, but it’s a good idea to examine them more carefully. Also, call MacKoul Pediatrics immediately if:
- There’s a lot of bleeding. Because of all the blood vessels in the scalp, cuts on the head can bleed a lot and often need stitches.
- The bump is large or has a soft feel to it. (If so, the doctor may want to see her.)
- There’s clear fluid coming from their ears or nose.
- They have severe or persistent vomiting. (Nausea, and vomiting once, can be normal.)
- They are excessively sleepy. Being groggy after a head bump is common and fine, but if it’s hard to wake your child or they don’t perk up after a brief nap, that’s not okay.
- They have severe pain. Bumps to the head hurt, of course, but if your child has so much pain that they are inconsolable, it’s not normal.
- They feel dizzy or weak, or have trouble walking, talking or seeing. Also be alert for changes in behavior, like unusual irritability.
Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry! MacKoul Pediatrics is here for you and your child, so please don’t hesitate to give us a call if you have any concerns.
MacKoul Pediatrics is an amazing local pediatrics office in Cape Coral, FL where caring, compassionate doctors and nurses work with you to keep your children as healthy as possible. MacKoul cares for children from birth to college age, from Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Naples, and beyond.
March 18, 2015