Ice Packs – Head Injuries

Ice Packs – Head Injuries

Ice Packs – Head Injuries

“Can you use an ice pack on a minor head injury?”

Some people may be cringing at the thought of using an ice pack for a minor head injury,  others wondering why ice packs would even be doubted, but what is the reason for the stark contrast in opinions on this well known remedy?

One of the reasons ice packs have been given a bad name is because there is belief that the  swelling can “go inwards” or that ice can cause very serious blood clotting on the brain.

Blue Earth Training - Ice PacksHowever, you can assure that this is not the  case.

When used correctly, ice packs are both safe and  effective. Ice can help decrease pain and swelling,  and may also help prevent tissue damage. There  are also cosmetic benefits to using ice packs.  Bleeding that occurs under the scalp but outside  the skull can create a large bruise at the site  of a  head injury. This is common and will go away on  its own with time, however ice can help  reduce  the size and pain associated with bruising.

So, is it safe to recommend the use of an ice  pack? Of course! Just remember the following  tips to ensure they are used correctly:

  • Do not apply the ice pack directly to the skin, ensure that it is placed into a dry cloth to avoid potential ice burns.
  • Only apply an ice pack for a maximum of 10  minutes at a time as this allows the skin time to return to a normal temperature before re-application.
  • Apply the ice pack every 2 hours for the next 24 hours to ensure maximum effectiveness.
  • Icepacks are safe to be used on children, provided you can keep the child still for long  enough!
  • Last but not least, if the casualty was “knocked  out” or has reduced levels of  consciousness, seek immediate medical help.


Our courses teach you how to recognise and treat casualties head injuries, sprains and strains where an ice pack my be needed.

Blue Earth Training - Ice Pad




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