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A 37-year-old male asked:

My 16 months old daughter was walking when she fell andhit her head on the floor. she cried for a minute, then went back to playing and started acting normal. but she has a bump on her forehead. is a visit to the er needed?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Craig Uhl
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Keep an eye out : It most likely a soft tissue injury, ice and cool compresses to the area. If you notice the bump getting larger, or feel any bone abnormality underneath or any change in behavior, tired, acting strangely, or just "doesn't seem right", that warrants a visit to the er.
Dr. David Martin
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Fall: As long as she didn't lose consciousness and she is acting normally, i wouldn't worry. Anything out of the ordinary, i would go to the emergency room.
Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Probably not, but: Watch her for unusual signs. Call her pediatrician if anything is still worrisome for an appointment - avoid er unless there is an emergency. Best!
Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 54 years experience
Sounds like a bump: Kids r always falling and bumping their heads & it is of no s consequence. Sounds like no loc. Just observe thru day & nite looking 4 unusual sleepiness, or drowsiness. Should b ok. For peace of mind call ur pedi and get directions rom him/her.

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