Children are still unable to look after themselves so they often experience various small and large accidents. One of them is trauma to the head due to being hit or something else.
According to pediatrician, dr. Naela Fadhila, Sp.A, trauma to children’s heads generally happens frequently, Mother. However, most of it is only mild trauma.
There are various causes of trauma in children. Starting from falling from a certain height, being hit by a blunt object, to experiencing violence from adults.
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“There are various causes. He fell from a certain height, then he could have been crushed or hit by a blunt object. For example, a ball or toy. Or he could have been hit by a sharp object, but that rarely (happens). There are “also traffic accidents and the last one is abuse by older people,” he said, quoted by the IDAI TV YouTube channel on Friday (13/10/2023).
First aid for children with head trauma
On the same occasion, dr. Naela explained that mothers need to take their little ones to the clinic or emergency room when they experience head trauma other than a minor lump. This is also recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
“So the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that in situations other than a mild lump on the head, parents should seek first aid from a health professional, either at a polyclinic to see a doctor or to the ER or emergency room,” he explained.
There are several situations where mothers need to take their little one to the hospital during head trauma. The following is the list according to Dr. Naela:
The child experiences a decrease in consciousness, such that it is difficult to wake up. The child experiences seizures. There are bruises on both eyes or behind the ears. Discharge from the nose or mouth. There is bleeding that is difficult to stop. There is a suspicion of a fracture or abnormality in the spine or cervical spine. The child has behavioral problems. The child is younger, namely in under 3 months Parents feel worried and want to seek help
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