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! Here are some tips 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.
All parents want to keep their children safe. Preventing injuries takes action. Do what you know is safe every time. Here’s more information on how to make safety your habit.
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).
Adapted from Kids Don’t Bounce series
Current as of: March 5, 2018
Author: Provincial Injury Prevention Program, Alberta Health Services
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