It’s natural for children to fall down frequently, and they usually get back up in the same condition as before they fell.
On the other hand, falls are the number one cause of non-fatal injuries for children. I'm sure this comes as no surprise for most parents. After all, you’re caring for babies unable to control their movements, toddlers who wobble, and teens who take risks.
You can help keep your sons and daughters from becoming one of the many children who visit emergency rooms each day after such an accident.
Check these tips for preventing and treating injuries from falls.
1. Provide Supervision
Keep a close eye on your child, especially when they’re a baby or starting to walk. Babies need constant attention when they’re near bathtubs or any place above the floor such as changing table etc.
2. Check your windows
Windows require special attention. Install window guards or lock them. Arrange furniture such as cots or beds well away from an open window, glass doors, and balconies to reduce the temptation for children to climb on them. While window blind cords should be kept out of reach as they can be a choking hazard.
3. Use Safety Devices
Block off stairs with baby safety gates or stair gates and teach your child to hold the banister when going up or down the stairs. Make sure to secure the straps that come with equipment such as a high chair, booster seat or stroller, as well as shopping trolleys.
4. Avoid Baby Walkers
Baby walkers are not recommended in Australia and are in fact banned in some countries such as Canada. They are considered unsafe because they move very quickly. A baby walker can tip over and increase the risk of injury or broken bones or head injuries. Baby walkers — are designed to give babies mobility while they're learning to walk but can cause serious injuries.
Preventing Children's Falls Outside The Home
Children can also get hurt at schools, playgrounds, and other places that are part of their daily lives.
Watch for these common risks:
1. Choose Your Playgrounds wisely
Look for playgrounds with soft surfaces like woodchips and rubber that will absorb shocks. At the same time, to prevent playground injury teach your children to use playground equipmentsuch as swings, slides or a backyard trampoline safely.
2. Prepare For Uneven Surfaces
Even if your toddler is becoming steady on their feet at home, another territory can be more challenging. You may need to give them a hand on hills or bumpy ground such as in a local park or beach to prevent unintentional injury.
3. Play Sports Safely
To prevent head injury require a child of any age to use the appropriate safety gear for their activities. That includes helmets for activities such as cycling and skateboarding. While this may not sit well with an older child injury prevention is always best.
4. Talk With Your Day-care or Creche
Let your creche or day-care know if you see any issues or conditions that raise concerns. Are there entry carpets on wet days to minimise tracking in rain? Are there any dangerous fall hazards or tripping hazard in the facility?
Treating Injuries from Falls
While you’re eliminating the major hazards, keep in mind that toppling over can often be beneficial. It shows that your child is curious and active.
Take these steps when your child takes a tumble:
Offer comfort. Most falls will require little more than a kiss and a few kind words. You can also check for any physical injuries while you’re soothing their feelings.
Apply ice. Cold temperatures are usually the safest remedy for more serious bumps and bruises. Keep a cold compress and ice pack handy to reduce swelling and discomfort.
Use pain relievers. Talk with your doctor if your child needs something more. They may recommend over the counter drugs such as Nurofen or ibuprofen for older children.
Watch for unusual symptoms. Observe children carefully for 24 hours after any serious fall. Seek medical care if you notice symptoms like excessive sleepiness, vomiting or pain in the head, neck, or back.
Dial 000. Occasionally, a fall demands immediate medical attention. Call 000 or go to an emergency room if your child loses consciousness, has trouble breathing, or complains about serious pain.
Let your child enjoy growing up even if that means falling down on a regular basis.
Meanwhile, you can reduce the risk of major injuries by taking appropriate precautions and knowing when to seek medical care.
Wearing correctly fitting, supportive shoes can help reduce the risk of children falling.
Choosing the right shoes for your baby or toddler.
It can often be a combination of foot problems and unsafe footwear that increase the babies risk of falling over.
As the only direct source of contact with the ground, footwear can affect an individual’s posture, stability, balance, and walking pattern, influencing the risk of falls.
Wearing correctly fitting, supportive shoes can help reduce your risk of falling.
Make sure the sole is not slippery.
Feet tend to swell during the day, so try shoes on mid-afternoon, with usual socks or stockings and orthotics.
Attipas carry a range of non-slip shoes for babies and toddlers in a range of styles and colours.