What to do if a child has a bump to the head

A bump to the head can be a worry for both little ones and parents. Here's what to do if it happens.

If a little one is hurt or unwell, it can be difficult to know whether or not to go to the hospital. Trying some first aid can help you find out what's wrong, relieve symptoms, and decide if you need further help.

Here's how to help if a child has a bump to the head.

Get them to rest and apply something cold to the injury: for example, frozen vegetables wrapped in a tea towel for up to 20 minutes. 

Call 999 if the child gets drowsy, repeatedly vomits or their condition gets worse. This could be a sign of a serious injury to the head. If you can’t call 999, get someone else to do it. 

If you're worried, you can seek advice by calling NHS 111, or visiting a walk-in centre, minor injuries unit, or your GP. If the injury has happened when playing sports, they must not return to sport until they have been seen by a medical professional.  

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