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Exactly how tough are little heads?!!

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Minty82 Tue 13-Nov-12 19:19:48

My almost 8mth old is very mobile, so knocking her head on the furniture has become a pretty regular occurrence over the past month or so, though generally not very hard. But she's now pulling herself to standing, and then falling, which obviously gives her more of a knock, and I can't catch her every time! Today she pulled herself up in her cot for the first time and fell back pretty hard against the bars (in the corner, so at its most solid). She's fine, but surely there's a limit to how many times she can do that to herself without causing some kind of damage?! And I'd only put her in the cot to keep her safe for 30 seconds while I got ready to go out...feel like buying her a crash helmet!

MolotovBomb Tue 13-Nov-12 19:22:32

I had this exact same worry with DD1. One day she fell offer sofa onto out hard-wood floor after a few other knocks that morning and I was so worried, I took her to our GP.

His advice? Only worry if they vomit afterwards, seem woozy/dopey of knock themselves flat-out.

They're fine otherwise.


brainonastick Tue 13-Nov-12 19:29:24

Very very tough.

Dd2 was is very clumsy, even split her head open. She was sick in a&e, and has a delightful scar, but was otherwise fine. I have PTSD (joke smile --kind of--)

Misty9 Tue 13-Nov-12 20:02:59

Very! Ds (14 months) has fallen off sofa/bed, fallen all way down stairs, and repeatedly whacks his head off things since he started crawling and pulling himself up. There's a reason their heads don't fuse properly for a couple years!

We did end up in a&e after the stairs incident....but not a bruise on him. Like pp said, only worry if she's sick, sleepy or knocked out.

Minty82 Tue 13-Nov-12 20:13:14

Thanks all. I do realise none of us would be here if babies were inclined to break at the first bump on the head, and I do generally manage not to panic unduly about it; it just seems so counterintuitive after months of protecting her from so much as the wind blowing in the wrong direction (almost!) to suddenly be blase about regular high-speed thwacks to the skull... She herself doesn't seem remotely fussed though!

Leather Tue 13-Nov-12 20:21:29

Unbelievably so!
Our concrete-skulled one has sustained numerous blows to no ill effect. The most dramatic at age approx 18 months when, sitting in a booster seat on a chair, he pushed himself backwards away from the dining table. The chair tipped and fell to the floor with him strapped to it, the first point of contact-on ceramic tiled step-was his head...those 2 hours in A&E felt like days but by the time we were discharged he was busy giggling and rifling through their supply cupboards.
They are amazingly resilient!
I, on the other hand, aged about 15 years in one day!

TheWalkingDead Tue 13-Nov-12 20:21:42

I was quite shocked at how much their little heads can withstand!

DS2 fell over in our garden and smacked his head right on the edge of a concrete garden edger. It was an almighty swelling and I don't know how it didn't break the skin. He seems to have a tiny bit of scar tissue under the skin as it did bleed a bit, but not on the surface iyswim. I called the doctor as it was such a huge bump, but they said if he seemed ok in himself with no drowsiness or sickness, then just keep a cursory eye on him. He was fine though, just looked terrible.

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