After her infant son fell off a table during a nappy change and fractured his skull, an Australian mother issued a warning to other parents.
The Instagram post was shared by parenting organization Tiny Hearts Education to remind people that any child who falls from a height double their own needs immediate medical attention.
The mother said her six-month-old daughter, who had not yet started rolling over without assistance, fell from a changing able onto a marble floor while the mum’s back was turned for a moment.
‘I was changing my six-month-old daughter’s nappy on a change table at my in-laws where the wipes were positioned behind me,’ the woman wrote.
“As I turned around to grab a wipe, she rolled off the table onto the marble floor, landing on her side.” “She hasn’t started rolling without assistance or with much speed yet.”
The mum had seen a previous post from Tiny Hearts advising parents to seek medical attention if their child had faller from a height double their own so she and her mother-in-law immediately drove the baby to the hospital which was only five minutes away.
‘In the car she was closing her eyes and falling asleep, I kept her awake until we reached the ED,’ the concerned mum recalled.
‘They admitted us for two hours of monitoring, however the junior doctor hadn’t felt the impact site and I was noticing a cephalohematoma emerging.’
The accumulation of blood under the scalp causes a cephalohematoma, which manifests as a raised bump on the head.
She advised the nurse of the bump who got a senior doctor to scan the child’s head and found a five-centimetre fracture but ‘thankfully’ no bleeding or obvious brain damage. ‘I had watched a lecture the day before coincidentally on paediatric trauma that advised that a cephalohematoma is a fracture until proven otherwise,’ the mum added.
‘So glad I was empowered to advocate for my child!’
The post racked up hundreds of likes and dozens of comments from parents thankful for the potentially life-saving advice.
“This is a good one, I didn’t know this — anything double their height take straight to the hospital,” wrote one concerned mother.
‘Oh my goodness, how scary and how fragile/tiny does the bubba look going in that big machine,’ another replied.
‘My boy has totally fallen at least a few times double his height and I didn’t take him to hospital. I had no idea!” remarked a third.
Head of Tiny Hearts Education and former paramedic Nikki Jurcutz offered some words of wisdom for parents to keep in mind in the event their child experiences a fall in the post.
She advised parents to seek immediate medical attention for their children if they had fallen from a height twice their own.
‘Even if they look completely fine. Although it may have appeared that their landing wasn’t too severe. Even if it was an accident.’
Nikki said signs and symptoms after a fall don’t always show up straight away and falling from a height twice as tall as the child can put them at risk of a moderate to severe head injury.
She also instructed parents to call triple zero for an ambulance for moderate to severe head injuries.
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