In the day to day there are many opportunities for a baby to fall, either when we change it and it starts to turn around and turn on itself, the stroller, the bed , of the trona ... The most important thing is that we remain calm at all times in order to assess how the fall has been, where the great
In the day to day there are many opportunities for a baby to fall, either when we change it and it starts to turn around and turn on itself, the stroller, the bed , of the trona ...
The most important thing is that we remain calm at all times in order to assess how the fall has been, where the greatest impact has been and how to act.
The first thing to do if the baby falls
If your baby has suffered a fall, the first thing to do is see where he has hit, the falls that matter most are when they hit the head, abdomen or back.
We must make sure that our child does not have a serious injury, a bone fracture, a concussion, or other internal damage such as a serious head injury (such as a cranial or intracranial fracture). When in doubt we can go to the Health Center or to the Emergency Room so that the pediatrician can assess the severity, especially if we notice our baby irritable, confused or with excessive sleepiness. Falls can be serious, but since the bones of babies and children under 3 are soft, they do not fracture as easily as those of an older child.
If you see your child well (despite the initial tantrum) and you seem to act in a habitual way, it is possible that the fall did not cause a serious injury. Anyway, observe it carefully during the 24 hours following the fall, particularly if it hit your head. It is not necessary to keep your child awake after a fall, however, if he does not fall asleep it will be easier to observe if he is well.
In which cases should I take my baby to the hospital
- Loses consciousness. If your child is not breathing, ask someone to call the emergency service while you apply cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) until help arrives. If you are alone, give CPR for two minutes and then make the call.
- If you have bleeding that does not stop by applying pressure.
- If it convulses.
- If your child is breathing but does not respond to you, he is unconscious after the fall or you can not wake up after falling asleep.
- Incoercible vomiting.
What to do if my child has a lump
Head bumps are common, especially in children who are learning to move around alone. They are usually benign lesions, however striking they may be.
To help the bump go down, wrap a frozen package (it can be a bag of frozen peas) in a thin towel or diaper and put it on the blow for two to five minutes, over and over again for an hour. Breastfeeding or feeding your baby or looking at a book together can help distract you from the cold and discomfort.
If you notice your child very upset, check with the pediatrician to administer the appropriate dose of an analgesic.