Bump on the head

Cathelijn - posted on 04/24/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I took my 5 month old daughter to my work today to say hello to everyone. Some one wanted to hold her and this person sat her on a desk I told him that she could not sit alone yet but he let go of her and she fell sideways with her head on the desk!! She now has a bruise on the side of her head... I feel so bad she is my first baby and I am not sure if I should worry about the bump what do you think??

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Jocelyn - posted on 04/24/2009

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Quoting Kileah:

yes! what these other ladies said! you might wanna get a homeopathic called "Arnica"...get the 200c. it's in a small little tube put out by a company called "Boiron". it's a great- anti-inflammatory and bruise-deterrent! you can also get an Arnica jel! great part about it is-can't OD on it and really works lovely!


i also use arnica, works wonders.



and like the other ladies have said, i wouldn't worry about it unless something changes (ie, her behaviour, she gets a fever, starts puking, etc)



my son (he's 2 years now) has fallen off our bed, fallen down the stairs, gone head first into the corner of the table, walked into windows, you name it.  he's always covered in bruses lol (he's not the most gracefull child) they do bounce back very fast  :)

Carys - posted on 04/25/2009

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Quoting Becky:

Believe me we have all been there with all our children. I worry just as much with my second as i do with my first. When my daughter was about 5 months old my sister was holding her whilst i had my hair done at our friends salon. My sister was holding Jessica perfectly well but Jessica suddenly flung herself forward my sister tried to grab her harder but Jessica hit her hed on the side. There was an awful lump and my sister was so distressed as well! In the end my sister and i were so worried (despite Jessica being fine) we called NHS direct and they told us to go to the hospital so i got sooooo worried when we got to A&E the doctor sort of laughed and said "first time mum by any chance!!!" he said the NHS direct always recommend (or 9/10) that you take a child to hospital if they have bumped their heads as they can not diagnose of the phone and with children especailly little babies they can't say if anything is wrong.
Since then i am more able to trust my own insticts but even now i still have the odd panic!
Don't feel bad at the end of the day you told that person not to do and they did and i bet they feel worse than you do.
xx



LOL, a doctor laughed at me for being a paranoid mum, and asked if my son was our first! Good grief, my hair will be grey by the time my son starts school, and when I was little, I never understood why my mum kept saying that I made her hair go grey. I do now!

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Carys - posted on 04/26/2009

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My son has managed to do it again! He likes walking around in circles, to make himself dizzy, and he succeeded today! Because he was holding a remote control, he didn't put his hands out to stop himself falling. As a result, he's got an enormous split lip, and his nose bled. No need for arnica this time, only cuddles.

Mel - posted on 04/24/2009

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as much as it would have made me angry and i would have gone off at him, honestly kids hit thier kids all the time i knew one recently with a fat lip from hitting it, it happens when they start walking and pulling themselves up onto tables. i havent experienced this yet with my daughter but she has hit her head a few times. one being when i was trying to make her sit up and she wanted to try and stand i kept pushing her down and she smacked her head quite hard on the kitchen bench next to her. it happens every day when they get older just watch to make sure she has no reactions.

Becky - posted on 04/24/2009

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Believe me we have all been there with all our children. I worry just as much with my second as i do with my first. When my daughter was about 5 months old my sister was holding her whilst i had my hair done at our friends salon. My sister was holding Jessica perfectly well but Jessica suddenly flung herself forward my sister tried to grab her harder but Jessica hit her hed on the side. There was an awful lump and my sister was so distressed as well! In the end my sister and i were so worried (despite Jessica being fine) we called NHS direct and they told us to go to the hospital so i got sooooo worried when we got to A&E the doctor sort of laughed and said "first time mum by any chance!!!" he said the NHS direct always recommend (or 9/10) that you take a child to hospital if they have bumped their heads as they can not diagnose of the phone and with children especailly little babies they can't say if anything is wrong.
Since then i am more able to trust my own insticts but even now i still have the odd panic!
Don't feel bad at the end of the day you told that person not to do and they did and i bet they feel worse than you do.
xx

Cathelijn - posted on 04/24/2009

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Thanks everyone it is great to know that it happens to more people, it was the first time something like this happened to her so I freaked out a bit!

the guy left pretty soon after she started crying, I couldn't believe he just let go of her after I warned him!!' I didn't want to make a big drama I know it was just an accident...

She is fine and happy at the moment I will just keep an eye on her!

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Quoting Carys:

Trust your instincts. If your little girl seems out of sorts, take her to see a doctor by all means, but do remember that they are incredibly resilient. I've been teaching for 11 years, and have seen and heard the most horrible head bumps, and very few have been serious. My son tripped over my mam's foot and head butted the corner of a coffee table a few weeks ago, then fell off a step and landed on exactly the same place on his forehead a few hours later! I felt like the worst mum ever.
I use arnica homeopathic cream on him when he falls and bumps himself, because it helps to draw out any bruising.
So, how mortified was your colleague?
I hope your little girl is ok.



LOL I was thinking the same thing about the colleague.  Poor guy probably feels horrible!

Carys - posted on 04/24/2009

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Trust your instincts. If your little girl seems out of sorts, take her to see a doctor by all means, but do remember that they are incredibly resilient. I've been teaching for 11 years, and have seen and heard the most horrible head bumps, and very few have been serious. My son tripped over my mam's foot and head butted the corner of a coffee table a few weeks ago, then fell off a step and landed on exactly the same place on his forehead a few hours later! I felt like the worst mum ever.

I use arnica homeopathic cream on him when he falls and bumps himself, because it helps to draw out any bruising.

So, how mortified was your colleague?

I hope your little girl is ok.

Clare - posted on 04/24/2009

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I was always told that a bump is a good sign. It's when they bang their head nothing happens that you need to worry! For treating bumps and bruises I can recommend Nelsons Arnica cream. I have used it on so many bumps on my kids and friends kids and it soothes immediately and stops the bruising. Also seems to work on wasp stings and sun burn

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As long as your daughter is still her normal self then get used to bruises! Like a few others have said, use your instincts and if you think something may be wrong, of course, get it checked out. When my son was learning to pull himself up to standing, he slipped and hit his head on the corner of my coffee table and got this AWFUL PURPLE bruise! I freaked and took him to the doctor and he was ok. I proceeded to get rid of the coffee table (wish I hadn't). Now he's 18 months old I'm used to hearing the "thump" of him hitting his head. Most times a kiss from Mommy and he's just fine.

Heather - posted on 04/24/2009

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Out not in is always a great rule to follow! My oldest son bumped his head at 6 mos old and his head was dented! It was called a ping-pong fracture, but as he grew it popped the dent out! So now when one of the kids bumps their head we always say,"well, it's poking out, guess we're okay!" But do watch for normal behavior, it's always the best indicator!

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yes! what these other ladies said! you might wanna get a homeopathic called "Arnica"...get the 200c. it's in a small little tube put out by a company called "Boiron". it's a great- anti-inflammatory and bruise-deterrent! you can also get an Arnica jel! great part about it is-can't OD on it and really works lovely!

Abby - posted on 04/24/2009

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if she's happy in herself and behaving normally, then there's probably nothing to worry about, however, my mum's a paediatric nurse, and always says a mummy know the child better than anyone and if you're worried, then get her checked over.no dr is gonna have a go at you or anything.

it is scary, my son fell backwards onto the corner of a table a few days ago, blood everywhere, i took him to the drs and she checked him and he was fine.

hope this helps xxx

Sarah - posted on 04/24/2009

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is shes drowsy, been vomitting or unlike her normal self get it checked out, babies are tougher then we think but its still so scary its a good sign shes bruised as injury is on the outside rarther then inside if in doubt get it checked better be safe then sorry.

Whitney - posted on 04/24/2009

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My son has been hitting his head since he started crawling at 6 months. It's amazing how durable they are. I would not worry about, unless she starts acting different and you'll know.

Michelle - posted on 04/24/2009

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its always hard with first borns. when my daughter bumped her head i worried all the time and watch her while she slept. i made sure she was ok and wouldnt let her sleep for over two hours but she seemed fine she was her normal bubbly self after it happened but if you are not sure you should phone the nhs help line.

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