What to do if your child knocks its head

First aid advice from the British Red Cross. What to do when your baby bumps their head.

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Scrapes and bruises are all part of growing up, but sometimes playtime can lead to more serious bumps, such as head injuries.

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Most are not serious, but if the bump is accompanied by swelling, or long periods of crying, your child may need medical attention.

If she bumps her head:

  • Apply a cold compress, such as a bag of frozen veg wrapped in a tea towel
  • Monitor your child. If she becomes drowsy or begins to vomit, seek medical advice immediately
  • Stay calm and comfort her
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For more information visit the British Red Cross site.

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