If your baby falls off the bed, it is easy to feel like the worst parent ever. Instead, learn about warning signs after a baby falls on his head and what to do.
This post started as a cry for help from a worried mom after her baby fell of the bed. After the reply here and walk through of all the warning signs that something is wrong and how to act, the comments started to come in. So many parents have obviously experienced a similar situation and most feel so bad and are so worried. So,this post has transformed from simply advice on what do to if your baby has fallen to also almost a support community with lots of comment from parents in similar situations. If you want to share too, scroll down to the very bottom of the post.Here is the original call for help:
My Baby Fell Off The Bed – Please Help!
My baby fell off the bed on her head today while I was in the rest room. Do I have to worry about anything? Like are there any particular warning signs that I should be looking for?
I am really worried that my baby is injured somehow.
Please advice.Baby Helpline:
Warning Signs And What To Do When A Baby Falls
It is very scary when a baby falls off the bed, the couch or anything elevated. Most of the times, though, the baby is just fine and as long as your baby is acting normal, there should probably not be anything to worry about.
However, since a fall can lead to injury to the brain or concussion, it is very important to know the warning signs of a more severe injury. In addition to checking your baby’s arms and legs, also make sure your baby is alert and not sleepy. However, you do not need to keep your baby awake. Because babies expend a lot of energy crying, they will often go to asleep afterwards.
Some warning signs for concussion to look for immediately after the fall are:
- Loss of consciousness and/or rolling eyes
- Vomiting more than three times
- Loss of balance
- Prolonged crying (for over one hour)
- One pupil being larger than the other
- That the baby is unusually weak and/or unresponsive
- A baby who cannot be awakened or who is extremely difficult to awaken
If your baby is having any of the above symptoms, you need to take him or her in for evaluation by your pediatrician immediately.
You should also be aware that it can sometimes take a while for any symptoms of injury to become apparent. So in addition to the above warning signs, observe your baby while asleep during the next 12-24 hours. Being hard to wake up, becoming pale or blue, irregular breathing and twiching are all signs of injury too.
While babies can usually have quite hard hits on their heads and nothing happens, it is NOT worth taking any chances with head injuries. Call the doctor or visit the ER if at all in doubt.
I really hope your baby is fine.
P.S. Here are two excellent reference books for baby health issues and injuries:
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