My baby rolled off our bed and hit his head on the tile floor. I stepped away for a second and now I know never to do that again but I found him on his back crying!! I checked for blood. There is no vomiting, his lips are pink but I thought he looked a little pale. His sight is fine and so is his breathing. This happened maybe 5 hours ago. He fell asleep maybe 15 minutes ago. When I picked him up from the fall he cried for a while maybe 20 15/20 min and then he stopped and was acting like his old self. He got very startled when our dog barked and was shaking his arms a lot and he never does that. I'm scared, I'm not sure if I should take him to the ER or not. :(
I agree with everyone who said to always call the doctor when there's the least bit of doubt. A good rule of thumb might be if you're tempted to google or if you're scared, that means it's time to call.
I think we've all suffered through that first horrible incident when you look away for a second and your baby falls and hits his head. The good news is that babies are "designed" to hit their head a couple of times. It goes with the territory of learning to walk. I think they probably all roll off the bed at least once. The bones in their heads aren't rigidly fused yet, so there's a certain amount of "give" that helps them to take the shock without serious injury. A knock on the head that would knock a grown-up for a loop might be nothing for a cruising baby.
It's so important to watch them all of the time and equally important to really know in your heart that even the most attentive mommy won't prevent every fall. My son stood up on a chair once and decided to take a dive like he was on a diving board. The whole incident couldn't have taken more than three seconds. I dove across the kitchen, but not soon enough to stop him from landing on his head. He too got pale and just crawled in my lap. I actually called my chiropractor because he was right around the corner (and is a doctor I might add.) We had a relationship and the chiropractor had adjusted us both after the birth. The chiropractor ran me through a list of questions on the phone and concluded that the baby was probably "stunned" by the fall and that was why he was pale and kind of quiet. Probably not serious, but don't let him fall asleep and bring him in. He did a couple of tests, looked at his pupils and so on, and concluded that the baby was okay. He also did a chiropractic adjustment. The worst part of the incident, aside from the guilt, was explaining the whole thing to my husband when I called him to say the baby had fallen on his head. "How did this HAPPEN???? (Silly me. I let it happen. I must have been distracted by the bon bons and soap operas.)
I wrote an article on Chiropractic for Babies which appeared in Nurturing Magazine by the way. Nurturing was Canada's equivalent of Mothering and resembled Mothering in its earliest days. I was a contributing editor. I'll have to dig it out.