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That horrible day your baby falls to the ground for the first time

A few days ago an acquaintance explained that at a time when she turned to pick up a diaper, the baby fell to the ground . Among a few of us we help them to get rid (a little) of the feeling of guilt because it has happened to many of us, badly that it weighs us down. It’s that horrible day when your baby falls to the ground for the first time , hurts himself and you don’t really know what to do.

It doesn’t turn, until it turns

One of the safety tips that we give in the nursing office is to never, never, but never, leave you alone if you can fall when turning . The shifters are relatively tall because that way we don’t have to do things bent, at the expense of our back, but if it knows how to turn and does it with relative ease it can be dangerous.

Yes, when they are small babies it is impossible for them to fall, but they do not know how to turn until the day they learn to turn and then you are scared of your life, if they do it exactly when you least expect it.

In our case, it happened when we fell out of bed at night. A bed, a co-sleeping crib and a baby who has just learned to move. Well, that’s what he did … he left the co-sleeping crib, went to our bed, and from there he went down, where there was no barrier or crib. In the middle of the night, a hit to the ground and a cry, and waking up you don’t know where or when, with your saddened child, feeling like the worst parents in the world .

Other times it is when you are changing him in bed and you turn to get the diaper, as I say, or that of “it’s a second, nothing will happen to him”, and it seems that they are waiting for you to turn to test their skills . Fall, hit, and a mother or father feeling like a complete mess.

What if it hit the head?

Good question. The reality is that unless you see the bump or a reddened area it is very difficult to know where it has occurred, although it is quite likely that the head has received . Their head weighs a lot in relation to the body and they have little force in the neck to support it, so when falling, it is clear that the head will hit the ground.

What to do then? Well, within the logical nerves, try to remain calm to see what has happened, what has been done. If there is blood (this is not usually the case), look for the origin to stop the bleeding with gauze applying pressure and be clear about that “the blood is very scandalous”: you can pick up the red child from the ground and make sure the cut is fine small. Clean, see where the wound is, and if it is important to go to the emergency room, but without running like crazy. If you press for a while it stops bleeding, so there is no reason to run for life.

If there is no blood, look for a bump or bump, and in this case apply ice to the area to act as an anti-inflammatory. And then move on to the following, assess the general state.

When to worry about a blow to the head

Once we have talked about the visible part, about what we can do something about directly, we are going to talk about what gives us the most fear and respect, possible internal injuries. In most cases nothing happens to them; that’s why we say they are made of rubber. However, there are children who do go to the emergency room for some accidental fall that, without having been very spectacular, has caused a significant injury. By this I mean that before any blow to the head, and especially if it seems like a strong blow, we must assess various factors to decide whether we go to the emergency room or not , whether we should worry or not. These factors are as follows:

  • The height of the fall : it is not the same to fall while walking, or after destabilizing playing something, as falling from a chair, from a bunk or while jumping on the sofa. If we think that the height is high enough that you could have really hurt yourself, it is better to go to a medical center.
  • How it fell : it is possible that the fall is from a height that is scary, but that it falls in a way that hardly hurts itself and it may fall from a small height and get a good blow to the head, the kind that even the ground rumbles. In this case it could also be interesting to go to the hospital.
  • Pain : it is logical and evident that after a fall the child suffers pain. However, if the pain does not subside or if it seems to be too acute (if you scream a lot or if you do not stop crying after a long time), it will be better to go to a health center to have possible damage evaluated.
  • Vomiting : sometimes vomiting is caused by excessive crying, as the throat becomes irritated, they cough and finally vomit. If we see that there is more than one vomit, or if there is only one but it comes out with great force, it could be a reason for alert.
  • Disorientation, confusion or loss of consciousness : in any of these cases it would be advisable to take him to the medical center.
  • Progressive drowsiness or difficulty waking up : after a blow, even to the head, children are often irritable and then drowsy. In principle, if there are no other symptoms that warn us of the possible severity, children can sleep and in fact it helps them to recover . It is recommended to be with them while they sleep and to see them every 2 or 3 hours to see that everything is going well. When in doubt it is better to wake them up to be calm.
  • Fluid or blood coming out of the ear or through the nostrils : this involves loss of blood or cerebrospinal fluid and therefore requires urgent medical attention.
  • Any symptoms or signs that provide family concern : if despite all the assessment there are doubts about the need or not to go to the emergency room, it is best to go. It is better to err on the side of caution.

In the event that we finally decide to stay at home, we must continue to pay attention to all the symptoms mentioned for at least 24 hours . After these hours it is rarer for them to appear.

It has happened to all of us, but be careful

Really, that these accidents happen, that they turn when you least expect it or fall when you know that it is impossible for it to happen. They have inexplicable abilities that they bring out when we don’t look. Therefore, be very careful. Prevention is better than cure, and that is why we must never leave them alone on elevated surfaces and it is imperative to place safety measures in bed, in front of stairs, windows and balconies and even avoid the use of walkers to avoid any risk of accident or fall. Remember that falls account for 6% of infant deaths .

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