|I feel so, so bad because I left my baby on the bed for just
one minute while I fetched something, and he rolled off. He
bumped his head on the floor and now he has a big red egg.
Should I call the doctor?
Firstly, this is something that happens to even the most
careful parents, because babies are changing and developing
so fast that we get caught unawares all the time. Now that
baby is a skilled roller, you will never again be able to
leave him alone on the bed, even for a minute! Getting into
the habit of putting a cushion on the edge of the bed when
you put him down can be helpful.
Firstly, watch the bump. If it carries on swelling or is
soft, then you should get help. Also blood in the lump is
a bad sign. Although vomiting after a bump is normal, it
is not normal for the baby to carry on vomiting or to seem
disorientated or want to go to sleep immediately. This can
be confusing because all the crying and trauma can exhaust
a baby. Also if the bump occurred just before baby’s
normal sleep time, this could account for the tiredness.
Babys’ heads are constructed so that impact is absorbed
by the large amount of fluid around the brain, and also
by the softness of the unfused bones. The way they fall
also means that usually they do not take all the impact
on their heads.
You will need to watch baby carefully for the next few
days and make sure that he can do all the things he could
do before the accident. However, if apart from the egg and
some crying, your baby carries on as normal, then there
is probably no cause for worry. Still, if you have any doubt
at all, a visit to the doctor could be a wise precaution.