Falls can lead to serious injuries. In Alberta, falls are the leading cause of emergency room and urgent-care visits for children. For example:
Babies do a lot of kicking and wiggling. This makes it easier for them to fall from furniture and other surfaces. And it can happen very fast—even when you’re in the same room.
Babies have large heads compared to their bodies—during a fall, a baby's head will often hit the ground first and take the impact.
Keeping your baby safe and preventing injuries takes action. Do what you know is safe
you can prevent most falls by always doing 2 important things:
Here are tips to help protect your baby from falls.
Adapted from the Babies Don’t Bounce series, an Alberta Health Services Provincial Injury Prevention resource.
Current as of: October 4, 2021
Author: Injury Prevention Program, Alberta Health Services
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