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ds4 was being held by dd and she lost her grip on him. He fell forward onto the top of his head. He has a red mark where he landed on the top/front of his head on his hairline.
What's the latest advice on keeping babies awake after banging their heads? He cried straight away and seems grisly now. I really don't want a trip down to A&E but I will of course if it's necessary - what does anyone else think?
Not sure with babies but I know with toddlers at nursery, our nursery teachers told us that children are no longer kept awake if it is their normal nap times. They are now recommended to just check on them regularly instead.
Think it is things like being flopp, lethergic at non nap times, being sick, that type of thing to look out for.
Even a minor head injury can have symptoms including:
eye problems (e.g. double vision),
extreme tiredness, and
anxiety and depression (while recovering).
Signs of serious head injuries, concussion, etc:
Lasting headache that gets worse or is still present over six hours after the injury;
Extreme difficulty in staying awake, or still being sleepy several hours after the injury. It is fine to let children go to sleep after a slight bump to the head, but you should check on them regularly and make sure you are able to wake them.
Nausea and vomiting several hours after the injury;
Unconsciousness or coma;
Unequal pupil size;
Confusion, feeling lost or dizzy, or difficulty making sense when talking;
Pale yellow fluid or watery blood, coming from the ears or nose (this suggests a skull fracture);
Bleeding from the scalp that cannot be quickly stopped;
Not being able to use part of the body, such as weakness in an arm or leg;
Difficulty seeing or double vision;
Slurred speech; and
Having a seizure or fit.
If any of these symptoms are present, particularly loss of consciousness (even for a short period of time), you should call an emergency ambulance.