A severe head injury is when your child:
- has lost consciousness for a prolonged period, or has an ongoing decreased conscious state
experiences visual disturbance
- is drowsy and does not respond to your voice
- has other significant head injury signs, such as unequally sized pupils or arm and leg weakness
- has something stuck in their head
- has a second seizure, convulsion or fit, other than a single brief one when the injury happened
- has confusion or loss of orientation to time, person or place, or memory loss.
A moderate head injury is when your child:
- has lost consciousness for a brief period of time
- is alert and responds to your voice
- has vomited two or more times
- has a persistent or recurring headache
- experiences visual disturbance
- may have had one brief seizure, convulsion or fit straight after the head injury
- may have a large bruise, lump or cut on their head
- has confusion, loss of orientation to person, place or time, or memory loss.
A mild head injury/concussion is when your child:
- may display altered level of consciousness
- is alert or interacts with you
- may have vomited
- may have bruising or cuts on their head
- is otherwise normal.
Here are some of the home remedies
- As soon as you notice a goose egg on your head, apply an ice pack directly on the area of impact. The cold temperature will promote vasoconstriction, or the tightening of your blood vessels, which in turn will limit swelling. A cold compress will also help ease pain.
- Soak a washcloth in warm water and wring out the excess water.
Apply it over the swollen area for 10 minutes.
Repeat after 1 hour.
Do this a few times a day.
- Castor oil is another good home remedy. It can help reduce pain and swelling, due to its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.
Mix together equal amounts of castor oil and honey.
Using a cotton ball, apply this solution on the affected area.
Allow it to sit for 30 minutes or more, then rinse it off using lukewarm water.
Use this remedy 2 or 3 times a day for best results.
- Turmeric is another good remedy for relieving pain and swelling of a goose egg on the head.
The active compound curcumin in turmeric contains antioxidant as well as anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce pain and swelling.
Prepare a paste by mixing 2 tablespoons of turmeric powder and 1 tablespoon of coconut or olive oil. Apply the paste over the swollen area and allow it to dry. Gently clean it off with a wet cloth or a warm water rinse. Repeat 2 or 3 times daily.
Also, add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder to 1½ cups of milk. Simmer it on low heat until it turns a golden color, then add some honey. Drink it twice daily.
Onions that you use in your day-to-day cooking are another good remedy to reduce swelling on the head from an injury.
Onions have a significant amount of the bioflavonoid quercetin and sulfur compounds that provide anti-inflammatory effects.
Chop an onion and wrap it in a towel or cloth. Put this poultice on the injured site for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse off your skin with lukewarm water to get rid of the smell. Do it 2 or 3 times a day.
Also, include raw onions in your diet.