What to Do if Your Child Bumps Their Head

12 March 2020 4:20pm

Head injuries are one of the most common reasons children are seen by medical professionals.

To help parents access medical advice easily, health bosses at Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have created an information pack to guide them on how to help their child if they bump their head.

The two CCGs have created an advice sheet on head injuries. It includes the warning signs to look out for and a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) that you can use to assess the severity of your child’s illness.

They also list the actions you should take in response to the different symptoms your child may have. This advice forms part of a wider campaign which aims to help parents and carers tackle ‘The Big 6’, the most common childhood illnesses. 

Dr Julian Povey, Chair of Shropshire CCG, said: "Head injuries can often be treated at home if your child isn’t showing any serious symptoms.

"If your child remains conscious, is interacting with you normally and has been sick – but only once – you do not need to seek urgent medical advice. You should treat any cuts and bruises and give paracetamol if your child has a headache. Parents, or carers, if concerned  or unsure are  encouraged to ring 111 for advice."

Dr Jo Leahy, Chair of Telford and Wrekin CCG, said: "This advice sheet is a really useful resource for parents and carers. By making use of this resource you will ensure you’re taking the right steps if your child bumps their head."

The advice sheet can be downloaded here