He has collided with the corner of the kitchen counter and cut his head.
The first thing you should do is to sit the child down. Then grab your first aid kit, put on your gloves and apply pressure to the wound with a clean dressing.
Once you get the bleeding under control, apply an appropriate dressing and then give him an ice pack wrapped in a cloth.
Even if the head injury is not serious enough to go to the hospital and the child appears to make a full recovery, remember that with head injuries you must monitor the child carefully for signs of concussion or compression. If the child has lost a lot of blood you should also look out for signs of shock.
To remind yourself how to deal with head injuries, and for signs that the head injury may be more serious, see the St. John’s Ambulance website. To remind yourself about signs of shock and how to deal with it, see the St. John’s Ambulance website.
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