I am often asked whether or not it is serious if a toddler bonks their head. “If my little one bangs their head on the coffee table, should I be worried?”
The answer is “it depends”.
If your child develops a bump on the head (sometimes called a “goose egg”) it can appear within minutes or even seconds. Don’t panic. Simply use an icepack covered in cloth (a tea towel or shirt will do nicely) and apply it to the bump. If you don’t have a fancy ice pack at home, have no fear: the proverbial “bag of peas” (or anything else from your freezer) will work just fine. You should then monitor your child to see if they are showing any signs of concussion.
First Aid Super Tip #8: Hard goose eggs are okay, squishy is bad. For obvious reasons any sort of soft spot on the head caused by an injury is not good. Seek medical attention IMMEDIATELY.
Additionally If you are in any way concerned that your child may have suffered any sort of traumatic head injury (whether the spot is squishy or not), DO NOT HESITATE to see your doctor. It’s way better safe than sorry to wait in the waiting room for any type of suspected head injury.
Use your head when it comes to head injuries!
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