Falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospital admissions and emergency room visits for children under 6 months old in Alberta. Falls can lead to serious injuries. For example:
Falls can be prevented! Here are some quick tips to help prevent your baby from falls:
Babies can easily fall from furniture and other surfaces by kicking and wiggling. It can happen very fast—even when you're in the same room and before you think your baby is able to move much.
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.
Falls are all too common and can be serious—broken bones and head injuries can result.
All parents want to keep their older babies safe. Preventing injuries takes action. Do what you know is safe every time. Here’s more information on how to make safety your habit.
When your baby starts to crawl around the house, it's important that he or she is protected from falling down the stairs.
Being at your baby's side is the best way to prevent falls. If you need to leave for a moment when your baby is on a raised surface, move your baby to a safe place, such as a crib or playpen.
Adapted from Babies Don’t Bounce series
Current as of: March 5, 2018
Author: Provincial Injury Prevention Program, Alberta Health Services
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