We do all think; bumping, banging, hitting our head is fine. It’s just a bruise, a red mark. It’ll get better! Well in general, minor head injuries are common in people of all ages and generally we will get better and rarely resulting in any permanent brain damage.
But what happens if it doesn’t? On rare occasions, a severe bumped head, if left untreated will be life threating.
On a sunny dry day, Fred started bouncing around on his sparkly, spanking new trampoline, which was brought for him for his 9th birthday. He was soo excited and couldn’t wait to try it out, after his dad built it to standard before it was safe to use. After the delight on his parents faces watching him, they went in to make dinner. They were happy, that their son was happy in their good choice of birthday present for him. What they didn’t realise was Fred fell off the trampoline and bumped the back of his head on the floor, without them knowing. Fred actually felt fine and carried bouncing, well in fact throughout the rest of the afternoon.
Evening came, and off Fred went to bed. He started to moan of a headache and felt sick, he never mentioned about bumping his head to his parents. However they weren’t worried and brushed it off to all the bouncing and excitement of his trampoline and as it was his birthday.
Luckily for Fred, his mom had first aid knowledge and was designated first aider at her work. She checked on Fred when she went to bed, like she always did since he was a baby. He didn’t look right, to touch he had flushed dry skin, and looked pale, even his breathing had slowed. She got her husband who called 999 straight away.
When, the ambulance arrived, they said how lucky they all were. After their observations, they confirmed he is suffering a head injury – compression. That’s when they realised he may have banged his head from the trampoline earlier on in the day.
Fred, was very lucky to make a full recovery after spending a few days in hospital.
What is a head injury?
There are three types of head injuries; Concussion, compression and skull fracture. Generally, when we bang, hit our head, we just need a cold compression to reduce the swelling of the bruise. On occasions our banged head could be a little serious;
Concussion; is caused by ‘shaking’ of the brain. The brain is cushioned within the skull by fluid, so if the head receives a blow the brain can bounce from one side to the other, causing widespread disruption to its normal functioning.
Compression; caused by bleeding or swelling within the skull, compression is a very serious condition, because the brain is placed under extreme pressure.
Fractured skull; is serious because the broken bone may directly damage the brain or cause bleeding, which in turn results in compression. Suspect a skull fracture with a person who has received a head injury, especially if they have lowered levels of consciousness.
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