My baby has just started crawling and pulling himself up against furniture. He quite often stumbles and knocks his head and I see little bruises or lumps from time to time. He seems more angry than hurt but what can I do to help?

My baby has just started crawling and pulling himself up against furniture. He quite often stumbles and knocks his head and I see little bruises or lumps from time to time. He seems more angry than hurt but what can I do to help?

Crawling babies and mobile toddlers are inclined to bumps and bruises as they explore their environment and their own capabilities. It would be wrong to be over-protective and so it is good to know when to take action and when Mother Nature and a few hugs and kisses can sort things out! It is not always easy to decide what is serious enough to seek medical opinion. Bumps to the head and falls that injure the upper body need to be monitored carefully in the first 24 hours, although mostly there will be no reason for concern. If it seems the worst of it was in the initial moments after injury with strident crying and then things actually only get better, despite resultant bruising or lumps, you mostly need not be concerned at all. Worrisome symptoms include lethargy, weak and/or high-pitched crying, vomiting, confusion, unequal focus and reaction of the pupils of the eyes, dizziness and disinterest or refusal of milk and food. Administering Sister Lilian Arnica Tablets is an excellent way of treating everyday bumps and bruises and should be in every family’s medicine chest if there is a little one in the home. Even in the case of more serious injury, Arnica tablets should be given to speed healing, lessen swelling, soothe pain and resolve bruising.

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