Do you know the ‘boiled egg’ trick? Why EVERY parent should know this rule if their kid gets a bump on the head
- Paediatric nurses have revealed the difference between soft and hard lumps
- They said a firm lump after a bump to the head is a good sign for parents
- But if the lump is soft then it could indicate a lot of bleeding and needs attention
The difference between a ‘safe’ bump on the head one that requires urgent medical attention – and it all comes down to whether it feels like a boiled egg.
The team of Australian paediatric nurses who run CPR kids said if a lump is firm and not accompanied with sleepiness, vomiting or strange behaviour your toddler can get straight back to playing.
But if the lump feels soft, like an avocado ready to be turned into guacamole, you need to see a doctor as soon as possible.
The difference between a ‘safe’ bump on the head and an emergency situation has been revealed – and it’s good news if your child’s lump feels like a boiled egg
The women said a ‘bump to the head is a rite of passage’ for toddlers and noted if kids cry straight after it is a good sign.
But they also highlighted indicators that the head injury might be serious and require medical attention.
‘Once a bump appears, if it is squishy it can mean that there is a significant amount of bleeding and requires medical attention,’ they wrote.
A firm bump is a good sign, as is a child’s willingness to ‘get back to what they were doing’.
But vomiting, sleepiness, abnormal behavior, seizures, or loss of consciousness are all red flags and indicate a bad bump to the head.
The nurses said a firm bump feels like a boiled egg.
When they say soft it could feel similar to a very ripe avocado, the explained.
‘But remember if you are ever concerned or in doubt seek medical attention,’ they said.
And parents who subscribe to the informative Facebook Page were impressed with the advice.
The nurses likened a ‘bad lump’ to feeling like a soft avocado and said firm lump is a good sign
‘I’ve never heard the ‘hard or soft’ thing before about head injuries, so that’s interesting and helpful,’ one mum said.
Others laughed at the post and said it was helpful for their ‘active’ children.
‘You will most likely need thiss information soon,’ one mum said tagging her friend.
One woman said she believes ‘every head injury needs to be checked by a doctor’.
But she was soon outnumbered.
What should I have in my child-friendly first aid kit?
1 – Noisy, bright toys and books that are exclusive to the kit – this means they will work well in distracting your little patient as you administer the first aid that they require
2 – A kitchen timer – children are more likely to cooperate if they know that there is an endpoint. Set a timer and explain that once it goes off, you will stop what you are doing
3 – A cold pack – kept in the fridge or freezer for bumps, swelling, bruising
4 – Band-aids or plastic strips in assorted shapes – for bleeding wounds
5 – An antiseptic cream of your choice – for wounds
6 – A digital underarm thermometer
7 – A rescue blanket – to keep an injured person warm
8 – Adhesive tape – to keep dressings in place and hold bandages together
9 – Eye pads – for eye injuries such as cutsPaper or styrofoam cups – for eye injuries such as foreign bodiesSaline – for flushing eyes and cleaning wounds
10 – Gloves – to protect yourself, and blown up like a balloon they provide great distraction
11 – Scissors, tweezers. splinter probes – to make removal of splinters easier
12 – A light stick – for use in the dark to attract attention, for instance, when camping or bushwalking
13 – Wound closure strips – good for holding lacerations together
14 – Zip-lock plastic bags – for amputated parts
15 – Safety pins – to hold triangular slings in place
16 – Assorted bandages including a triangular bandage – a sling for arms or for splinting limbs (tie them or use them to apply pressure)
17 – Antiseptic wipes
18 – Sterile gauze swabs – useful for everything.
19 – Non-stick dressing – for grazes and/or minor burns until you get medical help
20 – A combine dressing pad – pressure dressing for bleeding
21 – Heavyweight bandages – pressure bandages for snake and funnel-web spider bites (if you have snakes around, make sure you have at least 4 snake bite bandages)
22 – Vomit bags
23 – A CPR guide
24 – Freezing spray for ticks, e.g Wartoff
25 – Red-coloured hand towel
26 – A first-aid guide – like ‘A Life. A Finger. A Pea Up a Nose.’ CPR KIDS essential First Aid Guide for Babies and Children, written by CPR Kids Founder, Sarah Hunstead.
Source: CPR Kids
‘Do you know how often kids hit their heads,’ other parents asked.
CPR Kids is run by registered nurses who have cared for thousands of sick children over their careers.
They offer free child health information to help parents through difficult scenarios.
‘We know that children can get themselves into all sorts of trouble, in the blink of an eye. And they do. You barely have time to think, but your child will be relying on you,’ they said.
The page has over 51k followers.