Know what to do after a bump on the head

This summer holiday, parents are offered advice on what to do in the event their child gets a head injury.

Health professionals in Mid and South Essex have worked together to create a guide for parents on what to do when a child has had a head injury. The guide outlines common symptoms after a head injury, what parents can do to help their children to recover and advice on when to seek medical attention.

 Tricia D’Orsi, Chief Nurse for NHS Southend and Castle Point Clinical Commissioning Groups, says:

“Bumps and scrapes when playing are very common. Most accidents are minor and can be treated at home with a first aid kit. The nature of head injuries means they are more worrying, but even these are usually minor. Our guide lets you know what to expect after a head injury and how you can help your child feel better.

“Bruising, minor cuts and a good deal of tears are all very common after a bump to the head. As long as your child is alert, speaking to you and otherwise acting as normal, then they should be fine. Keep an eye on them for the next 2-3 days. If your little ones are still in pain, you can also give them paracetamol or ibuprofen, as advised by a pharmacist.

“If you are worried that it might be more serious and you are not confident that you can treat it yourself, help can be just a phone call away. If it’s urgent but not an emergency simply call NHS111 and trained staff will tell you the best course of action to take based on your child’s symptoms.”

Sometimes it’s important to get medical help for more severe falls or bumps. For children under 1 year or if your child falls from a height greater than their own height, then it is important to seek medical help, either by visiting an A&E department or by phoning NHS 111. By simply dialling 111, you can access urgent medical advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For more severe symptoms, you should phone 999 or go immediately to A&E. If your child experiences any of the symptoms in the red box below, be sure to act straight away:

Head injury advice parents

Click here to download the full advice sheet.

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