What should you do if your child bumps his head?

Your 24/7 Nurse Twenty-four hours a day, Baptist Health Line nurses handle all kinds of healthcare questions free for all ages on the general line at (270) 575-2918.

For expecting moms and parents of young children, the special StorkLine is available at (270) 575-BABY or you can leave questions here for answers on Wednesdays.

A recent caller was worried because her child had fallen, hit his head and developed a huge bump. This is a concern of most parents at one time or another. What should you do?

Any child who loses consciousness, even for a few seconds, needs to be taken to the Emergency department immediately to rule out a serious injury. Any child who falls with force from a great height or a moving vehicle, such as an ATV, needs to be seen as well.

If a laceration occurs, apply pressure to stop the bleeding. The child should be seen by a doctor if it doesn’t stop bleeding with direct pressure for 20 minutes. Call the nurse at StorkLine to help make a decision about going to the Emergency department.  

Child with forehead knot Most head trauma results in a large knot, swelling and bruising. These kids can be watched at home, but you should seek medical attention if they have a dent or crease in the head.

Children who fall can sleep, but wake them up if they sleep longer than two hours. Only give them clear liquids for two hours. Return to a regular diet if there is no vomiting. Put them to bed at the regular time, but wake them before you go to bed and halfway through the night. Parents should sleep in the same room for the first two nights.

Our nurses welcome your questions, and we’ll answer them here every Wednesday. Remember we can answer health questions for all ages, not just children.

About Baptist Health Paducah

Baptist Health Paducah is a regional medical and referral center, serving about 200,000 patients a year from four states. With more than 1,800 employees and 200 physicians, it offers a full range of services, including cardiac and cancer care, diagnostic imaging, women’s and children’s services, surgery, emergency treatment, rehabilitation and more. Since its humble beginning in 1953, Baptist Health Paducah has grown from 117 beds to 349 beds on a campus covering eight square blocks.
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