Should You Let Your Child Sleep After A Fall?


Children fall over all the time; often during their toddler years and in the playground at school. But a serious accident, where the child hurts their head, can be a real cause for concern.

It’s especially worrying when all the child wants to do after the trauma is fall asleep. As a parent, the fear is always that falling asleep after such a head trauma is going to lead to further complications. No matter how annoying the screaming, it’s less nerve-wracking than silence.

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Sometimes children may naturally want to run and play as normal after an accident, however going to sleep can be the body’s natural reaction to many traumas, especially at such a young age, so it’s not necessarily cause for concern.

Of course, we’re not suggesting you ignore the fall and the possibility of injury. Here are the steps to take should your child fall and bang his or her head:

Three steps to safety after a fall…

1. Phone the child’s doctor

Make sure you’re armed with all the facts. How the fall happened, where, and when. Note any related events, such as immediate unconsciousness, headaches, or vomiting afterwards.

2. Take the doctor’s advice

Armed with all the facts, the doctor will know what needs to be done. It may require a visit to the hospital ER – 99% of the time only as a precaution – or you may be asked to keep an eye on developments for a while.

3. Keep an eye on health developments

Watch your child for signs of complications, including vomiting, dizziness, slurring of speech, or an imbalance when walking. If you see any of these signs, then return to step 1.

Throughout these steps, be happy to let your child sleep and repair naturally.

Most of all trust your natural instincts as a parent. You know your child better than anyone. If you think there is something amiss after an accidental fall, then don’t be too nervous to seek medical advice.

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