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LO hit her head Melissa 1 child; Michigan 1411 posts
30th Apr '13

My LO is 7 months old, she smacked her head on the corner of the end table. She cried pretty hard for ten straight minutes and was smiling and laughing after. She got pretty fussy after 20 minutes and went right to sleep after I nursed her. I called the hospital to ask for advice to see if she should be seen or what I should look for and they wouldn't tell me anything over the phone. What should I be looking for? I'm extremely nervous that she hit her head that hard. She has a small bump with a light bruise on the side of her head. She has woken up once so far to nurse after being laid in her crib and fell back asleep a few minutes into nursing. Do you think her being a little extra sleepy is a cause for concern or she is just worn out from so much crying? She was acting normal and everything before she went to sleep. I'm just really nervous and the nurse I talked to wasn't much help.

penispenispenisVAGINA 4 kids; Idaho 7110 posts
30th Apr '13

Normally after a child hits their head you shouldn't let them go to sleep for like 4 hours I think it is just to watch for concussion, dilated pupils \, throwing up, things like that.

Olivia's Mommy ♥ Due October 31; 1 child; San Antonio, Texas 617 posts
30th Apr '13

wake her up in 2 hours make sure shes acting normal.watch if liquid is coming out of her nose/ears, doesnt throw up more than twice, check her soft spot. if it is
not flat or alil sunken in take her in . i had to call a nurse the other nght bc my 6 month old hit her head :/

Melissa 1 child; Michigan 1411 posts
30th Apr '13
Quoting nothinuneed2no:" Normally after a child hits their head you shouldn't let them go to sleep for like 4 hours I think it is just to watch for concussion, dilated pupils \, throwing up, things like that. "

I don't know how I would keep her awake... she's so little and she was screaming her head off to nurse. When she nurses, she falls asleep. Ughghghg.

Melissa 1 child; Michigan 1411 posts
30th Apr '13
Quoting Olivia's Mommy ♥:" wake her up in 2 hours make sure shes acting normal.watch if liquid is coming out of her nose/ears, doesnt ... [snip!] ... spot. if it is not flat or alil sunken in take her in . i had to call a nurse the other nght bc my 6 month old hit her head :/"


Thank you!

Olivia's Mommy ♥ Due October 31; 1 child; San Antonio, Texas 617 posts
30th Apr '13
Quoting Mel♥Claire:" Thank you!"



you are welcme :)

Thr3e Little Birds 35 kids; Marysville, Washington 2720 posts
30th Apr '13
Quoting nothinuneed2no:" Normally after a child hits their head you shouldn't let them go to sleep for like 4 hours I think it is just to watch for concussion, dilated pupils \, throwing up, things like that. "

They actually do not give that advice anymore. OP, bruising and a bump is actually a good sign. When she wakes up use a flashlight and see if her pupils are dialating correctly when you shine it into them. Also if she starts vomiting take her to the ER as that is a sign of a concussion. Kids are pretty resilient though so I wouldn't worry too much. My second daughter has split her head open before and has hit her head on things multiple times. It is super scary when it happens, but usually, they are ok. :)

Thr3e Little Birds 35 kids; Marysville, Washington 2720 posts
30th Apr '13

And by they don't give that advice anymore, I meant the no sleeping thing. They now say that only applies to a broken bone.

Melissa 1 child; Michigan 1411 posts
30th Apr '13
Quoting Thr3e Little Birds:" They actually do not give that advice anymore. OP, bruising and a bump is actually a good sign. When ... [snip!] ... open before and has hit her head on things multiple times. It is super scary when it happens, but usually, they are ok. :)"

Thank you!!! It was just such a hard fall and the sound was horrrible. There was no bleeding or anything, and she cried right away. That was the only thing the nurse asked was if she cried right away and we said yes, so she said that was a good sign. I swear I'm throwing all the end tables away lol

Moses. Due October 27; 3 kids; Texas 16003 posts
30th Apr '13
Quoting nothinuneed2no:" Normally after a child hits their head you shouldn't let them go to sleep for like 4 hours I think it is just to watch for concussion, dilated pupils \, throwing up, things like that. "


That is typically outdated information. It's considered an "old wives tale" now days. The last this are what you should look for though. Different sized pupils, vomiting and not being able to wake. I would check on her about every hour. I know it will make it a LONG night, but about every hour make sure you are able to get her to respond to you. The bump is good, an indention is not.

Thr3e Little Birds 35 kids; Marysville, Washington 2720 posts
30th Apr '13
Quoting Mel♥Claire:" Thank you!!! It was just such a hard fall and the sound was horrrible. There was no bleeding or anything, ... [snip!] ... if she cried right away and we said yes, so she said that was a good sign. I swear I'm throwing all the end tables away lol "

Yeah the crying right away is a great sign. The one time she did get a concussion she didnt cry, just stared for about a minute and then slowly started crying. She also didnt get a bump at all and threw up about 2 hours later. She had fallen off of a toy and onto the coffee table. Her eye barely missed the corner of it so I literally threw that thing into the garage. I haven't had a coffee table since. LOL

Moses. Due October 27; 3 kids; Texas 16003 posts
30th Apr '13
Quoting Thr3e Little Birds:" They actually do not give that advice anymore. OP, bruising and a bump is actually a good sign. When ... [snip!] ... open before and has hit her head on things multiple times. It is super scary when it happens, but usually, they are ok. :)"


This! All of mine have had their share of goose eggs. With my oldest she had soooo many falls and one time at the ER the doctor says to me "Do you know what she went through just to get out of your vagina?! That was no easy task! God knew babies would have falls and bumps learning how to be a person!" He had a very thick accent so it was even more hilarious.

Melissa 1 child; Michigan 1411 posts
30th Apr '13
Quoting Moses.:" That is typically outdated information. It's considered an "old wives tale" now days. The last this ... [snip!] ... a LONG night, but about every hour make sure you are able to get her to respond to you. The bump is good, an indention is not. "

When I check on her, should I be trying to wake her up? Or just touch her to see if she moves?

Moses. Due October 27; 3 kids; Texas 16003 posts
30th Apr '13
Quoting Mel♥Claire:" When I check on her, should I be trying to wake her up? Or just touch her to see if she moves? "


Just enough to get her to open her eyes. She'll be groggy, obviously lol

Melissa 1 child; Michigan 1411 posts
30th Apr '13
Quoting Moses.:" Just enough to get her to open her eyes. She'll be groggy, obviously lol"

Ok, that's what I have been doing. She wiggles and opens them a little and goes back to sleep.