Saturday evening as my family were leaving our place, Lily ran, tripped and smacked her head on the corner of our TV unit AND on the edge of the radiator. I have never heard such a painful scream in my life and heart sank!
After being a mum now for 18 months, nothing like this has ever happened before. I had no idea what to do, what to think, how to react, I knew nothing. All I could see was my daughter in tears with two, red lumps on her head. As a massive hypochondriac myself, all I could think was ‘they’ll be bleeding on her brain’ or ‘she has to get to the A&E’. I just panic and cry and also become very useless.
Luckily my mum was there who is more than used to these situations. I remember as a child, my youngest sister running to the front door, falling and hitting her head on the stairs. The lump on her head was so big it looked like her head was going split. I also remember my sister cracking her head open (my fault though if I’m being honest) and she was fine in the end too.
My mums advice was to put a cold flannel over Lily’s head and to keep an eye on her. So I decided to get up every 2 hours (I know, bit to cautious) and check on her. I think this worked me up into such a state of panic, that I didn’t really sleep at all. I would have been better sitting there watching her sleep compared to getting in and out of bed all night.
I think your child hitting their head is one of the scariest things you can witness as a parents. The head is such a delicate part of the body and hitting it in the wrong place can be disastrous. So here is what the NHS recommends you do with head injuries in children:
Avoid getting your child excited
Make sure they avoid rough play (such as rugby) for a few days
Apply a cool compress to the area
Keep a close eye on them, don’t leave them unattended for 24 hours
If any other symptoms develop, your child has a seizure or is unconscious, take the to A&E or call and ambulance.
If you’re ever unsure after a head injury you can dial 111 for medical advice or 999 in an emergency!