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Baby Wellness: Watching a Bumped Head

Yesterday, my babe and I were walking up our stone steps when we lost our grasps of each other's hands.

I tried to grab hers, but she lost her balance and fell forward bumping her head on the stair. Wailing from the pain, I scooped her up and ran up the rest of the stairs scared she had injured herself.
To see what happened,


Luckily, she calmed down after I retrieved her crayons. Not terribly relieved, I stared her down for the rest of the afternoon for signs of head trauma.

If your child suffers a blow to the head, you should pay attention to these warning signs:

  • Loss of consciousness after any trauma to the head.
  • Confusion.
  • Headache.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Loss of short-term memory (you may not remember the actual injury and the events some time before or after the impact.)
  • Perseverating (repeating the same thing over and over, despite being told the answer each time, for example, "Was I in an accident?")

Obviously if you are concerned for your child's safety, you should check with your doctor immediately.

Luckily, my daughter was fine and the bump is barely noticeable.


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KathleenxCouture KathleenxCouture 8 years
that wasnt supposed to be a coole smiley, it was supposed to be ( 8 )
KathleenxCouture KathleenxCouture 8 years
When I was young (8) and my little brother was a toddler (2) I gave him a piggyback/horseback (I was on all fours and he was on my back) ride and while i was trying to hold on to him he lost his balance and fell off my back onto the floor. I was SOOOOO SCARED because I love him so mucha dn iw as afraid I hurt him really bad...he started throwing up a few hours later and I cried the entire time but turns out he was alright and now he's 13 and has a 4.0 GPA hahaha so he turned out okay but OMG every time I think about that I feel bad :(
macneil macneil 8 years
I'm afraid I've lost count of the number of eggs my little one has had on her forehead. She's a clumsy little tearaway and she seems to know no fear - she doesn't even cry sometimes when there's a quite big 3D bump. I've been told that babies bang their heads a lot, but each time it's heartstopping.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 8 years
Don't know how true it is but my mom used to rub moist salt on our bumps when we were younger to "bring down the bump". I'm still confused till this day.
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
Oh how scary!! I don't know how true it is but I heard that if anyone (child/adult) falls from greater height than their height they need to go to the doctor. For example just falling while walking isn't as serious as falling from the jungle gym or a step ladder. I'm not saying that a fall from standing can't hurt someone I'm just saying from a greater height it is more likely to cause damage.
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