A hammer can be used to treat bumps and bruises following a fall.
Reason: Nobody knows.
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When my mother first told me about it, I actually laughed at her and told her it was nonsense.
Then one day Marie fell down and had a great big ‘bungalow’ on her forehead and my mum showed me how to use the “hammer technique”. True enough, after the treatment, Marie did not have any bruises or bump. I use this technique each time a child falls down and it works all the time. It works for adults too. Sometimes you will see a red patch immediately after the massage but it will all disappear the next day.
To make it work you must massage the bruise immediately it happens.
Special thanks to our model: James
If you think that it is too drastic to use a hammer, an alternative is to use ice pack which will reduce or prevent swelling but it does not remove the bruise. This must be applied immediately before the swelling gets too big. Ice packs or soaking in ice water is very effective for treating sprains too.
Special thanks to our model: Christopher
Note: One important thing to do is to monitor your child for signs of internal head injury for 48 hours. At any time during the 48 hours, if your child starts to vomit or becomes drowsy you must take your child to the nearest hospital for further tests.