Little ones who are taking their first steps can easily suffer from bumps and falls. Head injuries are particularly common amongst babies, though there are steps, which you can take to make your house safe for adventurous youngsters. Despite efforts, accidents can still occur and in these situations it is vital to know what to do to prevent the situation worsening. As well as first aid and contacting a doctor, taking follow-up steps may also be required. In some cases it is possible to claim head injury compensation, with the guidance and advice of a professional legal firm.
Staying safe by following a few simple tips should prevent many incidents from occurring in the first place, whilst not discouraging your baby from exploring their new world.
The kitchen can be a hazard for tots, and with many houses having open-plan layouts, keeping your baby out of this room by simply shutting a door isn’t always an option. Items in your kitchen can be dangerous when in little hands, so make sure unsafe crockery and cutlery is kept well out of reach. Fit locks onto cupboards and drawers and keep glassware and knives out of sight – those glinting and shiny surfaces can seem very attractive to unknowing babies! Covering sharp table and cupboard corners is also a simple way of preventing injury, and don’t forget to keep all kitchen appliances and electrical wires well away from worksurface edges.
Despite its dangers, the kitchen can also provide a safe area for a child to develop and learn. As such, you may like to keep safe items in one cupboard, to allow for older ones to explore. Contents could include lightweight pans, wooden spoons and empty plastic containers.
The bathroom is also a hotspot for accidents and head injuries. Make sure to lock all all medicines and sharp objects – like razors and scissors – in a cupboard, out of sight. Bathtime can be fun, though to prevent slips and scalds, a few measures should be carried out first. If possible, lower the optimum temperature on your water heater, and always run the cold tap first when preparing a bath, to prevent burns. Use a non-slip mat in the bath and – most importantly – never leave your child unattended in the bathtub.
Even having taken these simple precautionary measures, your child may still have an accident and suffer a head injury. Knowing what to do if this occurs, then, is vital. There are a few warning signs to look out for which indicate serious injury: vomiting, complaining of neck pain, difficulty walking or balancing and even momentary loss of consciousness can all spell a serious incident. In these cases, a doctor should be contacted immediately. If your baby or child has knocked their head and has lost consciousness, taking just a few actions can be essential to your little one’s future health.
After an accident, do not try and move your child, as this could worsen possible neck or back injury. If the head injury has caused a fit or seizure, turn your child on their side and support their head, whilst waiting for emergency services to arrive. If there is an open head wound apply a sterile cover, but do not attempt to clean the wound or apply direct pressure. These actions could disrupt a possible fracture or worsen any bleeding.
No mum wants to think about these worst-case scenarios, and by protecting your home they will likely never occur. However, knowing how to act quickly and calming in such incidents