Falls are the leading cause of injury in children. Babies fall from changing tables. Toddlers fall out of high chairs. Preschoolers fall out of bed. School-age kids fall on the playground. Teenagers fall during athletic activities. Your job as a parent is to protect your child. You won't be able to protect your child from all falls, but you must do everything possible to protect your child from serious falls. Check every area every time for hazards Don't fall down on your job of preventing falls. No exceptions! No excuses! No regrets!
Maintaining a Safe Environment
- Falls are a concern for infants and children of all ages. If your child has a serious fall or does not act normally after a fall, call your doctor.
- Babies wiggle and move and push against things with their feet soon after they are born. Even these very first movements can result in a fall.
- Install operable window guards on all windows above the first floor.
- Do not use a baby walker since they may tip the walker over, fall out of it, or fall down stairs and seriously injure their heads.
- As your child develops new abilities, he/she will fall down often.
- Protect your child from injury by putting gates on stairways and doors.
- Remove sharp-edged or hard furniture from the room where your child plays.
- To prevent serious falls, lock the doors to any dangerous area.
- At 1-2 years of age, your child starts to walk well and climbs, jumps, and runs. A chair left next to a kitchen counter, table, or window allows your child to climb to dangerously high places.
- Remember, your child does not understand what is dangerous.
- at ages 2-4, your child's abilities are so great now that he/she will find an endless variety of dangerous situations at home and in the neighborhood. He/she can fall off play equipment, out of windows, down stairs, off a bike or tricycle, and off anything that can be climbed on.
- Be sure the surface under the play equipment is soft enough to absorb a fall. use safety tested mats or loose-fill material (shredded rubber, sand, wood chips or bark) maintained ti a depth of at least 9 inches underneath play equipment.
- Lock the doors to any dangerous areas.
- If window guards are used on floors 2-6, they should be able to be easily removed by older children and adults if there is a fire.