How do I know if my baby has a skull fracture?
If a child has hit their head, signs of a fracture include:
- a lump or dent on the head.
- bruising or swelling on the head.
- confusion or disorientation.
- nausea or vomiting.
- loss of consciousness.
- clear fluid or blood running from the nose or ears.
Can a baby crack their skull?
Diastatic skull fractures.
These are fractures that occur along the suture lines in the skull. The sutures are the areas between the bones in the head that fuse with the growth of the child. In this type of fracture, the normal suture lines are widened. These fractures are more often seen in newborns and infants.
How can a baby get a skull fracture?
Skull fractures are common injuries in young children, typically caused by accidental falls and child abuse.
How much force does it take to break a baby’s skull?
An experiment carried out on an anatomical preparation showed that the skull of a newborn baby was able to repeatedly resist forces of up to 1000 N before breaking in.
How long does a baby skull fracture take to heal?
Skull fractures can take three to six months to heal completely. They usually heal faster in younger children. Have your child avoid rough sports until the doctor tells you it is OK to begin again. Your child may need a follow-up CT scan to make sure the skull fracture is healing properly.
How do you know if your brain is bleeding after hitting your head?
Confusion. Unequal pupil size. Slurred speech. Loss of movement (paralysis) on the opposite side of the body from the head injury.