Head injuries

When your baby starts to crawl, they can quite easily fall, bump their head on furniture or other objects around them. Most of the time any injury will be minor and they may not even cry, but sometimes a bump on the head can be more serious. Make sure you know what to do if your baby has sustained a head injury.

Watch our video - what to do if your baby has suffered a head injury

Head injuries in babies - what to look for:

  • • A wound or bump on the head

For a severe head injury, for example if your baby has fallen downstairs, you may see:

  • • That they are unresponsive
  • • They may have drowsiness
  • • Fits (seizure)
  • • Vomiting
  • • Fluid draining from their ears or nose

Head injuries in babies – what to do:

Hold something cold against the injury

  1. 1. If the injury is minor, just a bump and they are still alert, sit them on your lap and try to hold something cold, like frozen peas wrapped in a cloth, against the injury.

  2. 2. If you are worried that the injury may be more than a simple knock or your baby has an open wound or deep bruising, seek medical advice.

  3. 3. If you have called for help, while you’re waiting, keep checking your baby and whether they respond to you. If they become unresponsive prepare to do baby CPR.

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