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A 25-year-old female asked about a female:

My 20 month old baby fell and hit her head real good on a door. now she has a bruise and bump. what to do to bring down swelling? is she gonna be ok?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Several cues: The kid who is not knocked out, disoriented or confused @ the time of the injury is probably fine. Confusion or repeated episodes of vomiting in the hours after trauma deserve a look over by the dr.Kids under 8 can be allowed to nap on their regular schedule, with you checking in on occasion.Cold compresses can reduce the swelling, if the kid will let you.
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Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Head injury: Since the center of gravity is displaced upward due to relative large head size in toddlers, falls and head injuries are common. Thankfully they are rarely dangerous, but can produce a hefty bump to the head. In the absence of behavior changes and excessive vomiting, cold compresses (if tolerated, good luck!!) and Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain is about the extent of what you can do.
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Last updated Sep 30, 2018


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