Household accidents

Keeping your child safe in and around the home


Head injury

One of the signs of a severe head injury is being unusually sleepy, this does not mean you cannot let your child sleep.

You need to get medical attention if:

  • They are vomiting persistently (more than 3 times).
  • They are unsteady or confused.
  • They are not responding at all.
  • Pain is not relieved by paracetamol or ibuprofen.

If they are tired from what’s happened, or from crying, then it is fine to let them sleep. If you are worried in any way about their drowsiness, then you should wake your child an hour after they go to sleep.

What to do

Check that they are okay, and that they are responding normally throughout the night.

Source: RoSPA