Head Injury Babies & Toddlers
Emergency Department, Garrett Anderson Centre
Telephone: 01473 702035 or 702036
What do I need to do?
Your baby or toddler has a head injury but the doctor feels that they do not need to stay in hospital.
For both babies and toddlers: it is fine to give them paracetamol (Calpol), every 4-6 hours, a maximum of four times a day, and ibuprofen, every 6-8 hours, a maximum of three times a day.
For both babies and toddlers: put them to bed at the normal time, but wake them before you go to bed and at 4 am to make sure they are reacting normally for them when being woken.
For a baby you should:
- try to give him or her normal feeds.
For a toddler you should:
- give him or her light things to eat and no rich foods for 24 hours.
You should not:
- let your toddler join in any vigorous games;
- give your toddler any fizzy drinks for the next day or two.
Watch your baby or toddler closely for the next 3-4 days.
Take them to your nearest Emergency Department or telephone us on 01473 702035 if:
- they become more sleepy than usual or are hard to wake up;
- they are sick more than three times;
- they act differently or become irritable;
- they cannot grip or grasp properly;
- they cry constantly;
- you are worried about them.
Please remember: for the next couple of hours your baby or toddler will probably be pale, quieter than usual and irritable – this is normal and you should try not to worry about it too much.
If you are concerned, please return to the Emergency Department.