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Mumsnetters aren't necessarily qualified to help if your child is unwell. If you have any serious medical concerns, we would urge you to consult your GP.

Do I need to take her to see anyone.

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lardybump Thu 07-Aug-08 18:06:00

My dd (16 months) has just taken a nasty fall off of our bed. She didn't just roll off the matress but was holding onto the head board and flung her self over the top of it. she landed on her back and the back of her head. The headboard is about 4 foot tall....

She cried for 20 minutes and cried straight away but is not happily playing again...

CarGirl Thu 07-Aug-08 18:08:20

yes I would, head injuries are really worth checking out and also she may have some very nasty looking bruises. Have you ice packed it (frozen peas wrapped in a towel)

windyweather Thu 07-Aug-08 18:09:12

Call NHS direct or GP still open , if only for your piece of mind.
I'm sure she will be ok, they are tough as old boots but best check.


lardybump Thu 07-Aug-08 18:09:28

I can not see any brusing at all but will check again now.

CarGirl Thu 07-Aug-08 18:10:40

the bruising probably won't appear until tom, the ice thing reduces the bruising happening tbh and help with the pain.

Shitehawk Thu 07-Aug-08 18:11:54

Conversely, I wouldn't take her.

I would keep an eye on her, watch out for drowsiness, vomiting, pupils looking odd, other signs of concussion. The fact that she's happily playing now is good. So is the fact that she cried; if she hadn't then that would be a worrying sign.

Ice-pack on the bump is a good idea though.

makingafamily Thu 07-Aug-08 18:25:21

My advice, although this is probably from a
Social Work as opposed to a mothers point of view (as i am one but not the other yet!), would be to take her to your GP if the surgery is still open and if not pop down A&E just to get things checked out

ImnotMamaGbutsheLovesMe Thu 07-Aug-08 18:26:23

Do you feel able to manage her for any signs of injury? If not, GP or A&E it is.

CarGirl Thu 07-Aug-08 18:35:05

the op says

not happily playing again

Starshinetiger Thu 07-Aug-08 18:56:11

Hey Lardy,
Against the grain, I would agree with shitehawk. DS had a couple of bumps over 12-18 months - rolling off bed and once out of highchair. Both times, he was like your DD crying lots and then fine after a bit. I did as Shitehawk suggests - watched for pupils dilating, drowsiness, sick, etc, but then DH is trained first aider so he told me over phone what to watch out for. They do cope amazingly well with things at this age. You probably don't have any in the house, but I have arnica (in tablets and cream) - tablets are good for shock (you and baby) and cream is good to put on to prevent bad bruising. Is homeopathic - so you either believe in it or not.
I'm sure you've taken a decision already, but you're not a bad mum - these things happen. If they happen regularly to a parent/child, then there's cause for concern, but not with a one-off in my book (I remember only too well how much I threw myself about as a child and had the bruises to prove it!) HTH

lardybump Thu 07-Aug-08 18:58:25

whoops blush should of read now happily playing again.

I have called NHS direct they have said as she is happy now and playing fine then not to go in but to keep an eye on her and if

1)she develops any bruising around her eyes or ears
2)any fluid appears in her ears
3)she is misserable
4)she cant move properly
5)is sick

later then take her in. Also I have to wake her at 9 and before I go to bed tonight. My call was logged as well so they know I have called. She is going to bed now so I hope all is well through the night...

Thanks for all your posts...

CarGirl Thu 07-Aug-08 19:03:24

ah well if she is happily playing then yes just keep an eye on her!

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