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Baby and Child First Aid

First aid for babies and children:
head injury

Watch the video, in which a child is treated for a head injury, and remind yourself of the key steps below.


A blow to the head may result in the baby or child having pain or a headache. There may be a bump on their head and they may look pale.


Get the baby or child to rest and apply something cold to the injury (e.g. frozen vegetables wrapped in a tea towel).

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Applying something cold to the injury will reduce external swelling and pain. In addition to external swelling, when a person suffers a blow to the head, the brain can be shaken inside the skull. This may result in a more serious head injury (e.g. concussion), which may make them feel sick or drowsy.


If they become drowsy or vomit, or their condition deteriorates, call 999.

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This could be a sign of a serious injury to the head.


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