Falling And Hitting Head

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pbj - May 6

My dd is almost 6 mths and is sitting up on her own, although I always sit with her and keep my hands ready. Of course the one time I grab the camera, even though she had been sitting great for 10 minutes, she falls back and hits her head. She cried of course and continued for I would say 20 seconds after I picked her up. She's playing right now...but how do you know it's ok and that you don't need to go to the doctor? Of course, it's Saturday, why can't stuff like this happen during the week?

 

jas - May 6

because if it happened during the week, you would take her in to be checked and wouldn't have to stress :) I would check for bruising and see how she is over the next couple of hours... Lathargic, sleepy (other then usual naps) then take her in. But if she is happy and acts fine, then I would think no harm as babies will bunk their heads from time to time...

 

HannahBaby - May 6

my daughter had hit her head so hard sometimes that i dont even call Dr. i take her right to er.....and shes fine. Unless she shows signs of concussion (tired all of a sudden, vomiting, not acting like herself) She is fine :o)

 

Sarahsmommy - May 6

Sarah fell off the bed a couple weeks ago. I nursed her for a min, (sometimes it is nice to be a human paci) and after that she was smiling and stuff so I knew she was ok. I would just make sure she is smiling and acting like her normal self. More then likely a ground level fall is not gonna do any real damage.

 

pbj - May 6

Thanks for the responses. I usually don't post this kind of question cause luckily my best friend is a nurse and has 3 children, but of course she was nowhere to be found. Part of me knew she was fine, and I knew it would eventually happen, but I still wasn't prepared for it. Get this though...oh MIL's and FIL's; I call them just for a little support, I expected something like "oh it happens, I'm sure she's fine". Instead I get a call back telling me that obviously my dd isn't ready to sit on her own yet because she can't get into the sit position by rolling over and pushing herself up. She's been getting into the sitting position by me placing her that way and she'll stay there for quite a while, but I usually stay close. Am I wrong in doing this, all of my friends say they've done this as well, and as far as I've read it's not uncommon for them to be able to sit alone before they can put themselves into the position?

 

Rabbits07 - May 6

I was told by the pedi one time when one of mine thumped their noggin that up until they are around 4 or 5 years old that children have really soft bones that makes them hard to break. He said that though it sounded like softer bones would be easier to harm they don't because they give (not in the same manner as osteoperosis). He said their skulls were also soft and that in younger babies who still had their soft spots that the skull would kind of "give" and take the percussion of a fall from the brain. He said that is why if they see concussions or broken bones in young ones that they suspect abuse. Like the others said...just watch for excessive sleepiness, nausea & vomiting, uneven pupils, etc. My guy was 2 years when he fell and the dr. told me to wake him every couple of hours through the night just to make sure he could be awakened.....not sure if you would want to do that with a 6 month old...she may not want to go back to sleep! But my guy had hit the sofa table and had a knot the size of a golf ball on his forehead..so it was probably a good idea in that case.

 

Rabbits07 - May 6

I always sat mine up to help them learn to sit before they could actually push themselves up. It helps strengthen the muscles they use to sit and push up with.

 

hello - May 6

If she only cried for a little then she is fine... It happened to my daughter and i felt so bad...

 

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