According to People, Pink, singer and first-time mommy, knows first-hand what it feels like to constantly worry about your child falling or suffering from a head injury. When her daughter was “around a year old,” she tripped and fell and suffered a concussion. Pink described it as “the worst day of my life”.
If you are the parent of a toddler, you already know the feeling of constant worry and fear that your curious, little explorer will probably fall and have unexpected accidents from time to time. Because of their new-found ability to get around and into everything, it seems like they are always banging their heads on something or taking a face plant.
Most falls can be remedied with a little TLC and a kiss from mommy, but it is very important to know the signs of a possible concussion or more serious head injury and to seek medical assistance right away if these are present. “What to Expect the Second Year” (Murkoff & Mazel, 2011) lists the following signs that you should watch for following any kind of severe head injury:
- Loss of consiousness-although a short period of drowsiness is common and nothing to worry about.
- Headache lasting longer than an hour, gets worse over time, seems to interfere with normal activities or sleep, or that isn’t relieved by acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
- Difficulty being roused. Check every hour or two during daytime nams, and two to three times during the night for the first day following the inury to be sure the child is responsive.
- More than one or two episodes of vomiting.
- Oozing of blood or watery fluid from the ears or nose.
- Black-and-blue areas appearing around the eyes or behind ears.
- A depression or indentation in the skull.
- Difficulty walking or clumsiness, or inability to move an arm, a leg, or another body part.
- Unusual lack of balance that persists longer than an hour after the injury.
- Unequal paleness that persists for more than any hour or so.
While you are waiting with your child for help, make sure to keep your child lying quietly with their head turned to one side. Also, do not move your child if you suspect a neck injury, unless not doing so would be dangerous.