Head Injuries in Children
Head injuries are pretty common in toddlers and young children partly because they are active and partly because their head is large in proportion to their bodies and therefore vulnerable to damage.
Have you ever wondered why the nursery may call you following an injury to your child that occurs above the neck?
It may seem strange that you receive a call from your nursery following a seemingly innocuous bump to the head or cheek. The reason they call you is because it is often difficult to assess the seriousness of a head injury. More often than not, a head injury will result in an egg shaped bump or bruise however very occasionally it may be more serious and cause concussion or damage to the brain. Sometimes it will take some time for the symptoms to be apparent so it’s very important to inform the parent or carer so they can observe for signs and symptoms of anything more serious.
What to do if your child sustains a head injury?
If your child sustains a head injury of any kind it is important to observe them closely for at least 24 hours to monitor whether their symptoms change or get worse (NHS 2016).
If your child experiences a knock, bump or blow to the head, they are likely to be distressed but with some reassurance and comfort, most children will settle down. However, if they continue to be distressed or new symptoms develop it is very important to seek medical help either by going to A&E or by phoning 999 for an ambulance.
Signs and symptoms of a brain injury following a head injury.
If any of these symptoms occur following a head injury please immediately take your child to A&E or call 999 (NHS 2016):
My name is Julia Headland and I am a Registered General Nurse and a Registered Health Visitor. I am present during the day every second Friday at St Albans Nursery and Montessori Pre-School. I’m available to provide free advice and guidance on children’s health and developmental issues. The consultations are confidential and free of charge. You can see me either by making an appointment or on the off-chance when dropping off or collecting your child from the nursery. If it is difficult to get time to see me in the nursery, we could also have a telephone consultation.