Falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospital admissions and emergency department visits for toddlers and preschoolers in Alberta. Falls can lead to serious injuries. For example:
Falls can be prevented! Find out what you can do to keep your child safe from falls.
As your child grows, he or she explores more, moves faster and can climb, and spends more time outdoors. Your child is faced with new risks that can lead to falls.
Children have large heads compared to their bodies—during a fall, a child’s head will often hit the ground first and take the impact.
Falls are all too common and can be serious—causing broken bones and head injuries. The safety tips listed here are simple, don't take a lot of time, and can begin today!
Make sure an adult can still easily open the windows in case of an emergency.
Furniture and Stairs
At the Playground
Playgrounds are very exciting places for young children. Each year, many children in Alberta are seriously hurt from falls from playground equipment. To help protect your child from playground falls:
Preventing falls is a combination of supervision and safe environments. Always being at your child’s side when he or she is trying something new (like riding a bike for the first time) is the best way to prevent falls. Also, supervise more closely as the level of risk goes up (such as on the playground).
All parents want to keep their children safe. A fall can happen very quickly. Preventing injuries takes action. Encourage your child at all times to do what you know is safe. Make safety a habit for everyone.
Tips for preventing falls for toddlers and pre-schoolers:
Adapted from Kids Don’t Bounce series
Current as of: February 16, 2016
Author: Provincial Injury Prevention Program, Alberta Health Services