June 16, 2012,
R.B. asks from Decorah, IA on August 10, 2009
Very Large Goose Egg on Forehead
My daughter is 11 1/2 months. Two weeks ago she climbed on the couch and fell off and hit her head on the coffee table. She had a small line where it was cut and as the goose egg grew it split the cut open and then started to bleed. With two of my boys having concussions years ago I knew to give ibuprofen to take down the swelling and didn't let her sleep... two hours later she took a nap. I don't think she had one, but to be on the safe side.
Here is my question~
This happened two weeks ago.. the bruise and the cut is completely gone. But she still has the goose egg and it hasn't gone down.. it sticks out about an inch and is an inch and a half wide. It's located above her right eye on her forehead. Should it be gone by now? Or should I get her into the dr? With 4 boys we have had all injuries.. cuts, bruises, broken fingers, dislocated fingers, stitches... and goose eggs, but they never lasted this long.
Is it something to be worried about lasting this long or will it take more time and just go away?
M.S. answers from Appleton on August 11, 2009
My son bumped his head at 5 months and the bruise lasted about 4 months. I took him in and the doctor said it was okay and would fade (which it did). I think you should take her in to see if there is a fluid build-up. They may have some suggestions or may need to drain it.
B.W. answers from Minneapolis on August 10, 2009
WIth two boys, we've had our fair share of gooseggs, broken bones, cuts, bruises....
My youngest had the exact same happen to him when he was 10mos old He was starting to walk, fell into the step up to hte kitchen from the sunken living room, and got a huge goosegg between the eyes. The bump went down but stayed for a month or better... our doctor said the bump had calcified during healing. He's almost 4 now and its totally gone... it lasted for a couple months.
If you are concerned, take her in. But Im' sure thats all it is, and it'll be fine.
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A.B. answers from Lincoln on August 10, 2009
My son, now 10, had something similar happen to him when he was about 3 or 4. He fell and had a bump on his head, the swelling never went down and it was really hard. We took him to the dr later and we were told that sometimes after a trauma like that the body starts making new bone there as if it were broken. Now that he is 10 it really isn't noticeable at all but we can still feel the bump if you run your hand over it.
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A.D. answers from Davenport on August 11, 2009
My 3 yr old daughter fell out of a wagon at school and got a goose egg on the top of her head. It is still there, this was 2-3 months ago. My mom is a nurse and said they take a LONG time to go away. It would also make sense that it has calcified and will never quite go away. My horse ran into something and bruised her face, the lump calcified and was there for a few years and has finally started to be less noticable. Same concept I suppose.
L.H. answers from Milwaukee on August 11, 2009
To be on the safe side I would take her in. You don't want to screw around with head injuries.
K.T. answers from Minneapolis on August 11, 2009
My son is 18 months and I have called the doctor I don't know how many times after all of the falls and bumping his head again and again. He has a permanent knob from one bump. It's been about 7 months or so and it's still there but less noticeable. His doctor told me it might never go away completely. As long as the bump is really hard and not squishy you don't have to worry. It could be there for a while though!
M.P. answers from Lima on June 16, 2012
im not a mom or an adult but, my mom said the best way is to put ice on it to keep the sweeling down and to keep the baby awake and keep the ice on for about five or ten minutes
T.L. answers from Minneapolis on August 10, 2009
I would take her to the doctor just to be on the safe side.
G. answers from Minneapolis on August 11, 2009
I would take her in to have it checked to be on the safe side- I recently went to a class at Bethesda hospital in St Paul and the instructor stated that little ones can have a lot of problems from falls as time passes. Getting it checked out might be the wisest thing to do