Home Remedies: Swelling

Bump On Forehead Child

Get a pack of ice, wrap it in a towel and apply it onto the affected area as soon as possible. The ice pack must be placed on the swollen area for as long as possible to help prevent a large swelling. Never apply the ice pack directly onto the skin. A towel or a piece of clothe must be used to protect the skin from possible frostbite.

head bumpIf the child is not displaying any other symptom apart from the head knot, chances are that everything is okay. Take care to see that the head injury does not cause unconsciousness, nausea or vomiting, dizziness or disorientation. If the child starts to display any of these symptom, seek medical attention immediately.

A head bump (also known as a goose egg) is believed by some to be a good sign, not leading to any grave medical conditions. On the other hand, an absence of visible swelling could be a sign that there is internal swelling in the brain.

Although head injuries are common among children, they can be a matter of great concern for parents. Not every bump on the head could be an indication of serious injury.

There is abundant blood supply in the forehead and on the scalp. When an injury is caused to these areas, it often results in bleeding under the skin. There are signs of bruising and swelling when the bleeding is restricted to a particular area. In medical terms, the bump on the forehead is usually referred to as a hematoma or or haematoma, a localized collection of blood outside the blood vessels.

Keep applying the ice pack for as long as your child will let you, remove it for a few minutes and repeat. It is necessary to prevent the lump from growing.

The size of the swelling does not necessarily indicate the severity of a head injury. Even a small head bump can cause a large swelling in children. However, if you are concerned about the size of the hematoma on your child’s forehead, do consult with your pediatrician.

It is highly unlikely that a concussion can take place with a swelling on the forehead; but if your child starts to experience a loss in memory or confusion immediately after a head injury, you must visit your doctor right away.

Other signs and symptoms that warrant medical attention include severe headache, changes in mood and imbalance in walking or standing.