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#1 kissestoday

Posted 08 February 2004 - 08:51 AM

My 8 month old is trying to walk. aarrghhh
She has been pulling herself up on furniture now for three weeks and my heart is constantly in my throat!
We have ceramic tiles thru-out our house and she has had so many falls this last week that it's starting to worry me (all the bumps she's had to her head)
Her forehead is covered in bumps and she had one particuarly horrible incident this morning where my 3 y.o  picked her up, slipped and dropped her hitting her head really hard on the floor. Of course she screamed for a bout 10 mins and I was just beside myself about it. I have now brestfed her and put her to bed but am still a bit worried. I have had 3 kids and went thru all this with all of them and was constantly at doctors for this sort of thing only to be told "babies are pretty resilient" try not to worry, that sort of thing.....BUT...when is it serious enought to go to doctors? when it bruises? I keep thinking about all these horrible things like bleeding on the brain or what have you and  it makes me feel sick to think Im not doing the right thing by taking her to the doctor straight away.
Any thoughts?

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#2 Copacetic

Posted 08 February 2004 - 09:37 AM

DS does this all the time, but we have carpet.  I totally understand what you mean - we are buying a gate for our kitchen for exactly this reason.  My sister's baby actually did this onto concrete and she raced off to the doctor with him and was told not to worry as they have nice soft skulls which tend to be a bit like rubber.

if you are concerned, why not just take her to the doctor for your own peace of mind?

#3 Tyfle Hour

Posted 08 February 2004 - 10:28 AM

Some one with more medical knowledge than me could probably give you more info on what to look for, but as far as I'm aware you'd take bub to the docs if:
  they start vomiting more than usual
  they are more than usually sleepy
  their eyes don't seem to be focussing as well as possible
I'm sure there are are other signs of head iunjury to look for.  I think though if you're worried just go to the docs anyway!
My bub is almost 8 months too and doing similar things.  Very scary!!

Mum to Louisa (9/6/03)

#4 Nicola67

Posted 08 February 2004 - 02:49 PM

Yeah, my sister has a rowdy 18 month old who is always bashing his head into things.  After checking for lumps and bumps the next thing she waits for is how long it takes him to stop crying.  Then she checks pupils.  If they are dilated then they may have a slight concussion.  But if they stop crying within a reasonable amount of time that's unlikely anyway.

If you are really worried about it maybe you could check to see if they make helmets for babies whilst they are playing around the house - particularly for houses with tiles on the floor.  It may seem stupid but it will give you peace of mind.

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#5 ~JASB~

Posted 09 February 2004 - 01:29 PM

I know how you feel.  We have hard floors throughout the house also, only carpet in the bedrooms.  

Adam is only crawling but he still falls down from time to time and whacks his head on the floor.  Yesterday he threw a tantrum about being put down, and in his tanty threw his head down and hit his forehead so hard on the floor.  He now has a huge bruise there.  It worked though, he got picked up again didn't he!  LOL

I have been told exactly what suzqld posted.  He was fine 5 minutes later, no vomiting, no lethargy so he's fine.

But I too worry every time he does it.

Kayla,
Joshua 05/08/01
Adam 17/02/03

#6 bunny

Posted 09 February 2004 - 05:52 PM

I had exactly the same problem with my little one.
I called the hospital a few times! after he hit his head, VERY scary.
At the hospital they actually said to make sure you look for the signs suzqld mentioned for 24 hours. Apparently it can take up to 24 hours for the signs to appear when it comes to head injury.

Eventually Dean learned how to fall on his bottbott and now we dont worry anymore.

It seemed forever until he stopped falling on his head. He used to stand on furniture and then fall backwards straight onto his head. His head even bounced a few times off the tiles, he was OK but I wasnt.


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#7 jarms2

Posted 12 February 2004 - 07:00 AM

Hi everyone,
It is scary, isn't it.  My son Harry is ten months and crawls and pulls himself up on furniture.  He thinks he is really clever to be able to do this.  Unfortunately, he loves to stand in the bath and my husband and I have given into him doing it - at first we used to sit him down each time, but he would just get up again so I thought "he'll get over this phase soon and just stay sitting down"!  Last night when my husband was bathing Harry, he stood up as usual but he slipped and banged his head really hard on the bath!!!  I wasn't home at the time and got a frantic phone call to tell me what had happened.  It makes you feel sick to the stomach when you hear your child has been injured, doesn't it?  He has a big "egg" on his forehead - I will be watching him very closely today for signs of concussion etc  It has made me feel better reading what you guys have said about their heads being tough and like rubber.
Cathy

#8 NikkiA

Posted 14 February 2004 - 01:45 AM

Just wanted to advise a quick warning to jarms2 with Harry standing in the bath. A friend of mine had her little girl who slipped whilst standing in the bath and put her teeth through her lip!
And yes it was as bad as it sounds. It was REALLY awful.
I now have a 'thing' about my kids even getting in and out of the bath, (you should hear the arguments I have with Emily). Don't mean to scare you, just can't help but give the warning.

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#9 Guest_Mechelle_*

Posted 14 February 2004 - 11:30 AM

I too can sympathize, my little guy is a 10 month old bum shuffler and sometimes gets excited looses his balance and falls backwards hitting his head on our ceramic tiles. He is a tough nut and most of the time doesn't cry he just picks himself up and starts again.

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