Child Safety expert Nikki Jurcutz, who operates a children’s safety company called Tiny Hearts Education, revealed three signs that your child’s head injury may need immediate medical attention.
“This is important because moderate to severe head injuries need attention quickly,” Jurcutz said recently on Instagram.
A head injury is any damage to the scalp, skull, brain or other tissue and blood vessels in the head, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine, which noted that such injuries “are one of the most common causes of disability and death in children.”
In an Instagram reel, Jurcutz informed watchers about the “three situations when you need to call an ambulance for your child immediately after a head bump.”
The Australian resident recommends that if your child falls a distance more than double their height, they need urgent medical treatment.
A child that loses consciousness after a head injury over time also requires professional medical assistance.
Another sign to be aware of is a child vomiting more than once after a head injury.
“These are all signs of a moderate to severe head injury, which could indicate that the brain has sustained some sort of damage,” says Jurcutz, a former paramedic.
The Post reached out to Jurcutz for comment.
Johns Hopkins Medicine mentions that head injuries happen twice as often in boys than in girls, and they are more likely to occur in the spring and summer months when children are active in outdoor activities.
However, for parents who prefer at-home medical care for minor head injuries, “you can treat it at home with a cool pack,” Jurcutz suggests.
“Apply [the cool pack] for 10 minutes and keep an eye on them. Then follow up with your GP if you spot anything concerning.”
Although little ones enter the world with endless curiosity and are prone to accidental injuries, it shouldn’t give parents the excuse to dismiss the many oopsy daisies.
“Even if they look completely fine, even if they look like they didn’t land that hard, even if it was an accident,” Jurcutz wants parents to check on their tots and be aware of the life-threatening signs.
Caretakers can help prevent children’s head injuries, according to Nemours Kids Health.
That can be accomplished by child-proofing homes, encouraging kids to wear safety equipment when participating in outdoor activities and communicating to never hide an injury,