Yes, handling a growing baby is not an easy task! Their first roll-on bed, the first crawl, the first step, the first jump – you will remember it all. And once they learn all that there is no stopping them. While they use their new attained superpowers, stumbling and falling become inevitable.
Falling is a normal part of the way a child develops -learning to walk, climb, run, jump, and explore the physical environment. Fortunately, most falls are of little consequence and most children fall many times in their lives without sustaining much more than a few cuts and bruises. But some falls go beyond the resilience of a child’s body, making them the fourth-largest cause of unintentional injury death for children. Non-fatal falls also represent a significant burden on health care facilities around the world. The frequency of non-fatal falls, health care costs, and the significant risk of death (particularly as a result of head injuries) demand that the prevention of fall-related injuries becomes a vital focus of child safety efforts worldwide.
Falls are a major cause of injuries among babies. For this second, they will be right in front of your eyes being all cute; and the other they would have tumbled down on the floor. Genius! Aren’t they? They manage to fall from bed, staircase, cradle, veranda, swing, furniture, balconies or even by slipping on the floor. Falling down the stairs is one of the most common accidents. Their cry will make you rush to the Emergency Room.
Most of the time it is just bumps, bruises and cuts that get healed in a few days. But sometimes fall results in serious injuries like fractures and head injuries that might lead to death. So, educating yourself about fall prevention is a must to protect your little one. It is also important to note that infants and small children are top heavy, that is, they have large heads and are topellable. So, in case of any unwitnessed fall, its better to assume that the head has hit the ground first and measures need to be taken accordingly.
Due to their restless and clumsy nature, babies fall down more often than you predict. So, if your baby falls, don’t think of yourself as a bad parent. Read along to know all the fall prevention tips to help lessen the chances of babies falling.
Falling from the bed while sleeping is highly possible in case of babies. Therefore, take these precautions to ensure your infant does not fall off:
If there are stairs at your place, once the baby learns crawling install a baby gate. Keep the gate locked while your baby is unattended. Make sure they are approved and the baby should not be able to climb that in the future.
Parents may not even realize that having furniture around a baby can lead to accidents! Ensure your baby does not get hurt by use these safety measures:
Slippery floors can spell doom for a baby and can hurt them bad. These tips will help in making sure your baby doesn’t hurt itself if the floor is wet:
Parents love to see their little hearts taking their first steps and learn to walk. However, you need to make sure that there are no obstacles on the way to avoid tripping and falling!
Balconies are danger zones for babies who may try to climb it and fall.
Besides the points mentioned above, parents need to pay heed to these as well to ensure safety of their infant.
Firstly, pick your baby up and try to console them. Check for the wounds or injuries if any.
Fall prevention in babies cannot come from mere luck. You, as a parent or caregiver, never want your baby to get hurt. So, make sure to follow the fall prevention tips mentioned above and you will be able to avoid serious injuries among babies.
Dr Chetan Ginigeri is an experienced Pediatric Intensivist with national and international training. With 15 years of experience, he is one among very few Intensivists in India trained to take care of children who need/had organ transplants. He has been responsible for coordinating the Pediatric Organ Transplant program.Read more.
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