HELP PLEASE!!!My baby fell off the bed and his head became tender as his fontanelle!!!

Erika - posted on 05/13/2010 ( 91 moms have responded )

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Please help, I am restless since my 5months & 4week old baby fell off the bed on mother's day. I sent him to bed around 7pm, since he's an all-nighter I just placed big pillows around him so he won't fall off the bed. I thought he'd sleep thru the night since i sent him to bed so I went to make dinner, but within minutes we heard him crying out real loud in pain. We rushed to his side and I saw him on the floor after falling from our 2feet high king sized bed. He was crying so loud tha t panicked and picked him up right away. Hubby checked him if there are any wounds or bumps or broke any bones. There seemed to be none, and my LO hushed after a few minutes and went onto playing again. Almost an hour later I felt a bump on the left side of his head, then I panicked again. I haven't thought of applying cold compress onto the bump. Two days later, i felt around his bump and saw that it was gone, but the hard bump became tender and bigger. It was as tender as his soft spot so i panicked again. we rushed him to his pediatrician but the latter informed us that he seems ok afte having him checked. But she mentioned that we need to observe it and it should go away 4days from the incident. it's the 4th day from that day now but the keft side of his head (the side where he must've fallen on) is still tender and seems to get even more tender and bigger.

I am worried to death and really restless. I don't know what it is..I dunno what to do...PLEASE I NEED ADVISES.

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Amanda - posted on 05/13/2010

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I agree with Kimberly! You need to calm down. My son hit his head when he was 5 months on the coffee table when he fell off the couch. He had a bump and bruise, but that is good! That means the body is doing its job. If there was no bump and a really odd colour of bruising then worry but don't panic he will read off you. Here is the way our doctor told us too look at bruises.

Red(swollen, tender) first two days,

Blue or purple still tender for 2-5 days

Green 5-7 days

Yellow 7-10 days

Brown 10-14 days

And after that should start to fade.

Here is a website that has when not to worry or to worry

www.askdrsears.com/html/8/T082300.asp

CarrieAnn - posted on 05/17/2010

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Def take him to his pediatrician..but I will tell you this..babies are a lot more durable than we think they are. My doc even told me. My goofy daughter who is 2 now fell down the stairs a couple of times when she was learning and snuck off from me. I was so scared I was shaking like I'd been in a car accident. Then yesterday she was running at a park and looking down and knocked into a metal tree pole that hold baby trees up. She has a bruise and it's sore..but she's ok. My 1year old Jake..he's my dare devil and jumps off of anything and everything. It freaks me out..but he gets up and keeps going. He's bonked his little noggin a ton of times too and has had a few bruises but keeps playing. The concern I think the most is tenderness and if it is near or on the soft spot. Regardless, let the docs check it out and help you. But you'll soon learn how durable they are once they start walking and climbing...it'll freak you out at first..but you will soon be able to calm that feeling. PS: I wanted to give you props for being an awesome mom and your sweet heart for being so concerned. Don't beat yourself up over this. Things happen and it's ok. Your a great mom!! Big Hugs!

Kimberly - posted on 05/13/2010

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Just to clarify, I never said to NOT worry. Just don't panic. Give it a day (which I didn't say) and call your dr. tomorrow if you are really scared. In my experience a five month old would let you know by his behavior if he has had a head trauma. He would be lethargic and acting like he is completely out of it. That is NOT normal. But the baby seems fine, he's playing and doesn't seem to be in any pain. By all means talk to you dr if it really worries you to the point you can't sleep. But I've had my boy bounce back with no ill affects.

Kimberly - posted on 05/13/2010

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If there is a "hemotoma" on the outside that is a good thing. If your doctor didn't tell you that, then don't overly worry. It's natural for it to get a little swollen. If it wasn't swollen on the outside, then there would be the danger of inside swelling which you DON'T want. My son fell down our stairs at about 8 months old. He got a big old bump for a couple of weeks. But after the initial shock, he was back to his bubbly self. If he's acting lethargic (not interested in anything, not feeding as well) take him back to the doctor. Ice it so the swelling goes down. If you are really worried, take him to the hospital for them to run a Cat scan on him to make sure there isn't a fracture. Baby's bones are very soft and pliable. They are meant to get bumps and bruises. But if it makes you feel better by all means go back to the doctor.

Erika - posted on 05/21/2010

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@Jessica Kozel & Kimberly Wiley: hello ladies...thank you so much for your concerns...my Keiran is doing well now, his tender bump has started to get smaller and i guess he's pretty fine. He just turned 6months a few days ago and is now trying to stand and take small steps on his own..I thank God for all of your support and prayers, truly God sent forth his angels through all of you who helped pray for my LO.

uhm, btw, who are you guys referring to being not so nice?

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Lupita - posted on 05/19/2012

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Seriously I would take him to the ER even if its not serious better safe then sorry. If you can't find a ride dial 911 just explain your situation and they'll probably just send an ambulance. I did this last week when I thought my 14 month old swallowed a tack and within Mins I dialed 911 even though I have a car. They will probably just do the same for your son and take an xray of his head just like they did with my daughter to her stomach
I personally believe your sons okay though if he's acting like his usual self. My daughter didn't swallow anything and I had all my family waiting scared over nothing but like I said earlier better safe then sorry. Best of luck to you

Kelina - posted on 05/21/2010

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Glad to hear that he's doing better, an good for you for following your instincts and taking him in. And for learning! You did an amazing job, I hope you don't take the criticisms to heart. Good job!

Kimberly - posted on 05/19/2010

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I don't know if you have a telephone number where you can call a nurse 24/7. Here is San Antonio Texas, they have a phone number through nurselink. I think they practically know my name already. I worry about stuff like too. If you can, look in the yellow pages or call his pediatrician and ask for a 24 hour hotline to speak with a nurse anytime you want. Hope this helps you.

Megan - posted on 05/19/2010

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i would deffinetly call the doctor and order some more answers especially since it has been the fourth day and it has gotten worse..you dont want it to get worse so i would be tryin to figure out what is goin on and not let them tell me that everything is allright when apparently it isnt

Ashley - posted on 05/19/2010

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Take him to the hospital, they can do more there for him than a docotrs office can do.If it where my child i would want more than one pinion on the matter.It could be anything.Im not going to sayanything that can scare you.You just need to take him in anf have him checked again.

Jessica - posted on 05/19/2010

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WOW tina that was completely uncalled for! cant you see this poor mom is worried sick and is just reaching out for advice! maybe she'd rather not bring him to the hospital, some moms feel embarassed when stuff happens to their babies and they stray from going out in public until the damage is gone. its perfectly normal. i have a 3 1/4 ft bed and unfortunately my son has fallen off of it a few times. i know, shame on me, but IT HAPPENS! erika, honey, if you feel THAT worried or you are noticing bumps enlarging or anything of the sort, make an emerg appt with baby's Ped, or go to the emerg department and tell them the story, and what you've discovered and how worried you are. be persistent and they wont push you aside. good luck! :)

Falon - posted on 05/19/2010

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My 3 month old daughter fell off of the couch about a week ago and I called the hospital help line and they said to check her pupils and check her to see if she is crying out of the ordinary. I took her in the very next day and the doctor said she was just fine. Everyone I told about her falling, they always had a story to tell about their child falling at a very young age! Even the Dr we saw told me a story about how her daughter fell when she was 4 months. It happens. I'm glad your baby is okay!

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Hey hun, glad he is on the mend. Unfortunately its one of those things most of us mums learn the hard way! Hope your little man is recovering quickly and back to normal asap! take care :)

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glad to hear he's doing better...that's right you gotta keep your chin up for him. We all make mistakes and learn our lessons lol. good luck with everything.

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take him to a childrens hospital if you have one there and get a second oppinion you can never be to protective its best to be safe instead of sorry.He is very young and it will ease your mind if you take him in you can request a cat scan on his head as well.Good luck and god bless you and your little one that everything is ok with him

Miranda - posted on 05/18/2010

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i have 3 kids and had my fill of falls my daughter and i was walking down our appt stairs and they are wood i had my baby she was nomore then a month old in a carrier and i turned to make sure my other daughter was maken it down the steeps ok she was 2 at the time and just as i did that the carrier broke and down the steeps my baby went there were a good 20 or more stairs and we were not even half way down and she tombled down the rest before i could get to her i freaked out call my mother-in law to come get me she lived near by she by the time she got there to take us to the er the baby was fine and eatten she stoped crying but i took her anyways i got there and they did all kinds of test to her the dr came in and told me she was fine just some scraps and brusis on her head and face but was fine he told me babys are just like bouncy balls or a rubber baby doll and they bounce back from stuff like that so i wouldnt worry about it babys were made to get bumps and brusis please stop worriying you will make yourself sick im sure he is fine but if you are still worried by all means take him to the dr. if it will make u feel better i hope this helps good luck let us all know how it all turns out

Cristina - posted on 05/18/2010

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Is good to hear that he is ok, and that you all feel better knowing that he is fine, the truth is that beds are not good for any baby any age, imagine, we grown ups fall off the bed, what can we say for a wee baby, good luck.

Kataraina - posted on 05/18/2010

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Hey there i just read all your posts and its good to hear that bub is doing well :) there was a couple of post on the there from others that i found very judgmental towards your decision about his sleeping situation dont feel bad if your a first timer then how are you to know if no one told you? stuff happens everyday and you learn from it.its not the end of bumps and bruises by a long shot trust me. i agree that you/everyone should be very aware of your child's capabilities and avoid accidents such as these as much as possibles but we cant be there all the time or wrap them up in pillows. its nice to hear that a mothers gut feeling has been proven to be right once again its amazing the way we just know sometime . Good luck for the future and I pray that you baby grows up to be a strong and grateful young man that takes on the world with an open and understanding heart xox

Jen - posted on 05/18/2010

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I honestly would have called your pediatrician sooner, and if it is the fourth day you should call them up to tell them what the condition is. I am sure there is allot of great advice on here, but the thing is whenever you are worried about your child always, always always call the dr. They will not get mad or annoyed at you for calling, it is encouraged! They rather you be safe/your baby be safe and more educated then go to long w/o calling when you should have called sooner ya know?

Debbie - posted on 05/17/2010

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the best advice I could give you dear friend is to bring him in again!!! Always best to get a second look....♥

Chelle - posted on 05/17/2010

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Hi Erika i think i have read all your updates, i am so pleased you followed the wise advice of the majority here and took him back for a more thorough check. Yes as mums we do have a tendency to panic about things we dont always need to, but sometimes that nagging feeling is also telling us something is not quite right.



So am pleased to here your LO is recovering well.



However it does concern me that you had him not only on a bed but such a high one to sleep. Once a baby can roll over they should not be left on a surface where they could fall off. The best and safest thing at this age is an enclosed sleeping arrangement like a cot or crib. This way until they start climbing you can guarantee they will sleep safely and you can leave them unattended without worrying.



I hope you have alternative sleeping arrangements for him now. We have only just started sleeping our toddler (18mth) old on other ppls beds when a nap is required, but that bed was not too high and he know knows how to scoot backwards to get off safely should he need to.

Elysia - posted on 05/17/2010

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sorry i just read the rest of your post and seen that you have already had him taken care of. Glad to hear that things are getting better. Good luck in the future and always follow your insitnct mummy knows best :)

Elysia - posted on 05/17/2010

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I would take him back to the doctor as soon as possible. If he is lethargic, off his food, dosile, crying or out of sorts i would take him straight to the hospital

Erika - posted on 05/17/2010

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updates as of 18th of May:

baby Keiran's tender bump is starting to heal and get smaller now. he does not feel any pain...when he had CBC test at the hospital he was really traumatized. For 3nights straight, whenever it is between 10pm-12mn (the time nurses tried to extract blood from him,...twice) he'd scream and cry out loud in his sleep. as of last night, those nights filled with his scared cries are now gone. he'd sleep soundly thru the night again. in a few days' time we'd be back to the neurosurgeon for the check-up. my hubby and i would like to thank all those who are extending their support and to all those who are saying their prayers around the world. this is really a great help, having a "support group" when everybody else is cursing and going around how terrible and bad i am as a mommy. lesson learned though, no matter how scared i can be and no matter what nervous breakdowns get on my way, i need to be strong for my child as he obtains his strength and determination form his mom. we now always keep him in his pack 'n play, and he's now standing up on his own, the ever determined little baby is trying to learn walking already.

Melody - posted on 05/17/2010

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i have you 'beat'...my son was two days old, in the hospital early in morning on day we were to be released from hospital...i was nursing and fell asleep and he rolled out of my arms onto hard hospital floor..i heard a blood curdling scream from son and after many tests and an additional day in the hospital, he and I were sent home...now, 4 yrs later, he is fine and there was never any problems that resulted from this horrible incident...it just makes you a little more cautious in the future but most importantly, don't beat yourself up about what happened...!!! Take him back if he acts unusual or you notice new different signs that cause alarm...but it doesn't mean you are a bad mom or anything...hang in there and we'll say some prayers he will be fine!

Shelley - posted on 05/17/2010

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glad you took him in & hopefully your last appt goes well & your little guy is just fine!

Melinda - posted on 05/17/2010

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I would avoid all together putting a baby on the bed. They do not know that they will hurt themselves falling off.

Patrista - posted on 05/17/2010

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my baby fell off the bed about 5 or 6 months and i called the emergency room, they said as long as he is acting ok and the bump is out and not in then he was fine. so i have went with that method ever since.

Julie - posted on 05/17/2010

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For starters...never ever leave you baby alone on a bed, couch, chair or anything at that age. Put them into their own bed. If my 5 month old fell from any distance I would have taken him straight to the hospital. Thats too young to take chances!

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i will definately keep you and your son in my prayers. My oldest daughter was born with a bump on her head at like 2 days old the nurse and I realized her soft spot wouldn't go down when we sat her up...my baby ended up getting an ultra sound on her head...they didn't like what they saw...she then had a cat scan so they could see it better while doing that they found something in the back of her brain...she then had to have an mri...all in her first week of life...they came to the realization that she had cysts on top of the brain where her soft spot was and she had a hemorage in the back of her brain....I remember being so scared thinking she wasn't going to make it or something...after investigating her some more in the NICU they realized thru her mri that the hemorage in the back of her brain was old blood about 2 wks old and it was healing itself. She later at 4 months had another MRI where they checked her cysts everything was gone! just some stains. She's 3 yrs old now and super smart. The Drs had me put her in early intervention and she graduated at the age of 1 from there on a 3 yr level...I truely think it was Gods work in her and the power of prayer. Keep up the faith and keep his appts up to date if you feel like making sure everything is ok with him early intervention is there to help you and your child. They were awesome. Hang in there and have faith...please keep us updated....please keep him off of the bed unless you're there...i have a 10month old as well and she's a quick one...she fell off the couch at like 3 months reaching for me...i was up for like 2 seconds...thank God she was ok. pack n plays are amazing!

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Go back to the Dr. Don't question whether they will just think that you are over cautious, do what your gut is telling you. We all know that when we are seeking advice, down deep inside we already know the answer.
My 9yr old fell off the bed at five months also - I did exactly what you did with the pillows too but only difference was that I was lieing next to him and fell asleep before he did so my guilt was doubly compounded but he is just fine now but of course, we all panic and curse ourselves for being such careless parents.
Don't question yourself, just do what you think is right, you will never be over cautious, you're only trying to do the best that you can do.
Good luck and God bless, we'll keep you in our prayers.

Sherry - posted on 05/17/2010

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Hey sweety.. good to know things are going slightly better. The neurosergan will be able to better advise you. Chances are though he's simply bumped his head (sometimes it takes a while to go away-- I cracked my head open going down 3 concreat steps as a child-- took almost a month for the bump to go away but the bruising took 2 weeks to fade)... There's been a bit of trama obviously.. so I'm sure they'll give you adiquest information on what to do and what to watch for... *HUGS* Hope everythings fine..

Shyianna - posted on 05/16/2010

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Take him imidiatley back to the doctors or the emergency room is what i would do.

Rebecca - posted on 05/16/2010

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Scroll up a bit ladies...she's already updated that they took the baby for observation and the diagnoses:)

Tonya - posted on 05/16/2010

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My guess would be... put your mind at ease and take him to the doctor? instead of waiting for advice from facebook people...Not saying your a bad mom, but your instincts on this one seemed of poor judgment. Stop waiting for people online to tell you what to do and take care of your babies needs.

Barbara - posted on 05/16/2010

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go to the ER and tell them they will help you my daughter did it also and she got over it in amtter of min, she was 5 mo old now she is 13mo old.

Stefania - posted on 05/16/2010

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My sister in laws son fell off the couch & the same thing happened & about a month later they told her he had a fractured sckull & there was NOTHING you can do about it. It just heals on its own. Hope this helped. Go back to the pediatrician if your still worried.

Kimberly - posted on 05/16/2010

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what is a 5 month old doing sleeping on a bed? the child should be in a playpen or crib because obviously pillows dont stop them from falling. I hope your LO is okay!

Rebecca - posted on 05/16/2010

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Thanks for the update! I will keep you all in my thoughts. Good luck and I hope for a speedy recovery:)

*Lisa* - posted on 05/16/2010

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Thanks for updating us! Wow! So it's really good that you went to the doctor! Sounds like it was quite serious! Hope he gets better fast!

Erika - posted on 05/15/2010

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Thank you for all your support, advices and concern ladies...We took Keiran the very next day back to his pediatrician, and thereon we were advised to have him admitted at the hospital for observation, cbc, creatine tests, lung xray and a ct scan. He was admitted for 24hours, the first three test results were clear, doc said he's ok. then he had the ct scan, results stated that he has contusion hematoma.some blood vessels are swollen. We thank God that there are no hemorrhages inside his skull nor in his brain. However, his pediatrician is still referring us to a neurosurgeon to have him further examined, said that a neurosurgeon can better read and explain the situatin based on the ct scan images. Keiran is now back home with us, still active as usual, he actually learned how to stand (supported) and take steps in his hospital crib. That was actually very relieving to see how strong and determined he is.
Honestly, im still a bit concerned, coz I still want and need to hear from the neurosurgeon for reassurance whether my LO is 100% safe and far from any dangers as his bump hasn't faded yet, still the same size...until then i can relax already. Please help us pray for his faster recovery, if it isn't too much to ask. =)

I'll keep you all posted when we do, my apologies if i wasn't able to update right away, he just got back home last nyt.♥

Stephanie - posted on 05/15/2010

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My daughter fell when she was younger than yours. I took her into the Ped's after icing her head. They told me everything was okay. The more you panic the more you start to think crazy things. So take a deep breath, take him back to your Ped, and the hardest part of it all is relax and move on! You are a good mom, this isn't the first baby to fall.
Take Care

Jessica - posted on 05/15/2010

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i'm certin he'll be fine, when my daughter fell off the bed when she was 3 weeks old, the dr and our health start nurse told us they will never hit their heads hard enough to hurt them. i'm sure it will be sore for a while, her spot was, but she is 3 now and is perfectly health.

Rebecca - posted on 05/15/2010

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I am also curious the results. Please keep us up to date:) Hope everything is ok.

*Lisa* - posted on 05/15/2010

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Erika, you posted this a few days ago now so I'm guessing you have already taken him to the doc. What was the outcome?? Hope everything is fine. :)

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Ericka, I want to tell you a story that happened to me. Two days after I brought my little man home from being born (4days old) he tossed himself back out of the arms of his aunt onto tile floor from 5 foot up. I immediately rushed him to the ER they took x-rays and everything. It ended up he had a fractured skull from landing on the tile. They kept him for a 24 hour watch to make sure he was eating and pottying fine. Then they sent us home and were told to watch for any signs that he's not himself and to take him to the pediatricians office in 2-3 days for a checkup. He is now 12 months old happy and healthy little boy. I freaked out at first but when the doctors told us to just watch him after he got sent home I knew he was going to be fine. If your son is acting like himself he will be fine it's just that the head is the part of the body that will take longer to heal up.

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