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  • Naumpog? Why You Should Never Take a Head Bump Lightly

    Head injuries could happen very quickly, with lasting results.
    by Lei Dimarucut-Sison .
Naumpog? Why You Should Never Take a Head Bump Lightly
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  • Here's how easily kids could hurt themselves with a fall: the other night, we were playing peek-a-boo with a 4-year old neighbor who would sneak behind our back while we pretended not to see her, then let out a loud "BOO!" when she would get near. We had been having so much fun when, at one point, she lost her balance when she turned to run away and fell on the floor, nearly hitting her head. 

    Such an accident could have easily resulted in a head injury which, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is common among kids this age. Falls are the number 1 cause of nonfatal injuries in young kids.

    When a child hits his head, it is never to be taken lightly, as it isn't always just a simple "bukol" or bump — here's why: a concussion, which is a result of a blow or impact to the head, is technically a traumatic brain injury (TBI). 

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    "Even if it's mild, be concerned and watch your child closely," says Carol DeMatteo, associate clinical professor of occupational therapy at the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario.

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    When a concussion happens

    We could all learn some vital lessons from the case of the 11-year-old Filipino wushu athlete who died from a head injury in September 2018. Rastafari Daraliay was sleeping in one of the dormitories at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex when he fell from the top bunk bed at around 3:00 AM, says a report from Spin.ph. He went back to bed, thinking he was okay, but never woke up from his sleep again.

    When a child hits his head, it is critical for the parent or caregiver to know the danger signs to look out for to prevent further injury, or even death. 

    According to Medical News Today, some of the signs of a concussion are:

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    • blurred or double vision
    • headaches
    • vomiting
    • lethargy
    • sensitivity to light or noise
    • difficulty with balance
    • ringing in the ears

    Needless to say, a child losing consciousness is an emergency situation, and medical help should be sought right away.

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    What to do when your child hits his head

    1. Observe the child.

    Aside from the symptoms mentioned above, red flags are when your child seems to have difficulty concentrating and cannot answer simple questions properly.

    2. Go to the E.R.

    If your child hit his head or had a bad fall, and you notice any of the abovementioned symptoms manifesting (or even if you don't, for your peace of mind), have your child checked at the nearest hospital. Time is of the essence, and you want a medical professional to do whatever tests are necessary right away.

    3. Take extra precaution.

    A condition called the "second-impact syndrome" has doctors concerned because of the danger it poses. According to research, if a child hits his head a second time, even before the first injury completely heals, it could be more dangerous, even fatal in some cases. It may be necessary to revisit your childproofing efforts at home and talk to your child about safety one more time. 

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    Remember, observe your child. And there is nothing wrong with taking him to the hospital immediately if he does not manifest any symptoms of concussion. It may also be difficult to know if a baby or a toddler is unconscious or asleep, especially if he cannot communicate yet with words. You will need guidance from a medical professional to know whether he needs to be awake or or not, so take him to the E.R.

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