Help please: Accident

Liz - posted on 01/02/2011 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Hello,

I have a 10 week old and a 3 year old. The baby was in his chair, and my older child tripped and fell onto the baby - he put his hand out to stop is fall and landed with his hand on the baby's nose, quite hard. The baby cried for about 10 minutes, really screaming, then I put him onto the breast, he fed for a while and now seems fine. His nose doesnt seem to be swelling or anything and he's maintaining eye contact and smiling. Should I be worried do you think? Also, any tips on how to deal with the elder who is very upset that he hurt his brother and is very subdued - I'm afraid I shouted at him due to the shock I think. I've given him cuddles and told him I know it was just an accident but I feel awful for shouting at him.

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Sarh - posted on 01/02/2011

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Cade fell off the couch when he was about 4m. Fell flat on his face, his nose swelled and bled. He cried and screamed and cried and screamed so we took him in and the pediatric nurse looked in his nose and said the nostrils were still straight, he was keeping eye contact, and was consolable.
She said the only time to really worry is if they don't maintain eye contact, you can't console them and if their nose looks crooked. She said that with his nose being swollen to wait till the swelling went down and just make sure the nose was still straight.
Sounds like baby will be fine if his nose isn't even swollen. Baby probably just screamed from shock of something pushing on his nose, slight pain and then mommy yelled. You know.
With your 3 yr old, just explain to him that you were scared and like you already said it was just an accident. Sit on the couch with him and watch his favorite movie or show or play a game with him.. ask him which he wants to do.
Good luck!

Candace - posted on 01/02/2011

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I would just pay close attention to the baby's nose just to be sure and if he starts to get fussy and you can't get him to calm down then there might be a problem. He's probably fine. Also let your 3 year old help change a diaper or something so that he doesn't feel like the baby is something that he's not suppose to touch or feel like he's doing something wrong whenenver going around the baby. Also just explain to him that he has to be very careful when he's around the baby

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Helsbels1977 - posted on 01/05/2011

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take the baby to be checked out you'll be sorry if he's injured and you didnt bother. I'm sure this sort of thing happens all the time and that the baby's fine but its best to be safe than sorry.

Victoria - posted on 01/04/2011

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my mum dropped my son when he was 5days on as she slipped on the stairs and lost her footing and my son was in his moses basket which went flying down the stairs and i froze thinking my son was in the moses basket but when i calmed down my mum was still froze on the stairs and there was my son laying on 1 on the steps covered in a blanket and he wasnt halmed thank god my mum couldnt stop saying sorry but it wasnt her fault and i dont blame her it was an accident and it could of happend tyo anyone including me and my 3 yr old daughter fell on my son once when he was a baby and he just laughed at her i really told her off for it and there was my son laughing i could stay mad for long though

Liz - posted on 01/04/2011

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Thanks Dora! The baby seems fine now, two days later, acting completely normally. No swelling or any signs of distress at all when you touch him. My mum, who was a midwife, had a look at him and couldnt see an issue. The dr said to bring him in if he showed any symptoms that worried me but that it was more than likely he was fine.

Dora - posted on 01/03/2011

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When I was going through training I learned right off the bad when dealing with babies/small children, when they don't react to what has happened to them physically that is when you really need to worry. Also when there are no physical signs of an injury, that body part should get checked out because the swelling/damage could be inside where it would not be visible to me or you. Also always go with your gut instincts. Sometimes those are the best way to know whether or not something is wrong with your little one.

Sarh - posted on 01/03/2011

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Lisa that is really scary!!! My bubby fell off the couch when he was about 4m, did your baby still move his arm/elbow that was broken? I'm kind of nervous now....

Brooke - posted on 01/02/2011

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I'd check with the doctor, just to be sure. Love up your little boy though... accidents happen, and mommies sometimes can get very mad. It's because we love our little babies.

Jaydensmommy - posted on 01/02/2011

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he will be ok girl, as long as you show him that u are not mad at him for this and you understand he didnt mean to do this, but at the same time explain to him that he needs to be extremely careful around the baby.

Lisa - posted on 01/02/2011

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Not to scare you or anything, but call the doctor tomorrow and take baby in just to be safe. I say this because my son was on the bed when he was 7 months old with big brother and baby somehow ended up on the floor. He cried for roughly 2 minutes and acted like everything was fine. 3 months later, he started whimpering when ever we put him in a shirt. I got concerned and with the doctor telling me he was fine all the while, I demanded x rays. By the end of it, we saw 4 specialist and he wore a cast for 6-8 weeks because his elbow was broken. It took 3 months for him to act like anything was wrong and then it was because his elbow was healing but not correctly, and by then, they had to re=break it to properly set it. The whole time he was using it fine and crawling around on, even after they put him in the cast that weighed a ton. So, just to be on the safe side, I would have baby checked out. and yes, I immediately changed my son's doctor when he kept insisting nothing was wrong.

Amanda - posted on 01/02/2011

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It sounds like your baby should be ok. I would keep an eye on the area underneath his eyes as well. Dark circles and tenderness could mean some type of injury. The nice thing about little ones is that while they are still young a lot of the bones are still soft, and what would normally hurt an older child or an adult, leaves little damage to a baby. I know how quickly a scare can happen, just last week my 60lb 6 yr old tripped and landed on top of my 22lb 19 month old. She had the wind knocked out of her and was scared, but was ok. My son also got really REALLY quiet until he was sure his sister was ok.

It sounds like you handled the situation very well. Congrats mommy!

Melissa - posted on 01/02/2011

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aww sounds like your baby is fine...check his soft spot...but as long as he is acting normal and is happy and not sleepy or vomiting he is fine! Give your 3 year old extra love and kisses and have him give the baby kisses...explain to him accidents happen but we need to be careful with babies around!

Liz - posted on 01/02/2011

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Thanks. Its been a couple of hours now and there is no swelling that I can see, and he seems to be acting normally, so I think he's probably ok. As for his older brother, he's perked up a little also just before bed. He helped give baby a bath then I read them both a story - it seems to have done the trick. I'll keep a close eye on little one overnight, not sure I'll sleep much anyway, I do feel quite shocked still. Silly I know, but there you go,

Maria - posted on 01/02/2011

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I also have a 10wk old and a 2yr old. My 2 year old bit my 10wk old on his foot. He was admiring baby's foot and then suddenly bit him. The next day when we showed him baby's foot and the teeth impressions he had left behind he took a sock and placed it on baby's foot he didn't want to see it. Its natural to over react when such a young baby is hurt by a older sibling. Thats how they learn its wrong and to be more careful.
When I was still in hospital with baby my 2yr old accidentally bumped baby's head with his head. My 2year old cried baby didn't I was worried about baby but he was fine. Accidents happen.

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