Falls can lead to serious injuries. In Alberta, falls are the leading cause of emergency room and urgent-care visits for children. For example:
Falls are common and can lead to broken bones or head injuries. Children have large heads compared to the rest of their bodies. If a child falls, their head will often hit the ground first.
As your child grows, they explore more, move faster and can climb, and spend more time outdoors. These are new risks that can lead to falls.
Being at your child’s side, especially when they’re trying something new (like starting to ride a bike), is the best way to prevent falls.
It’s also important that children play and spend time in safe places. You can find child safety products and devices at many stores and online. Read the product information closely and know how to use it.
Here are tips to help protect your child from falls.
An open window can lead to a serious fall. A screen won’t protect your child from falling. Their weight can easily push a screen out of the window casing. There are many ways to prevent falls from windows:
Furniture and stairs
Falls can happen in your home. Here’s how to prevent them:
At the playground
Playgrounds are very exciting places for young children. But each year, many children in Alberta get seriously hurt from falls at the playground. Here's how to help protect your child from playground falls:
When your child is on a bike or riding in anything on wheels, follow these tips to help keep them safe from falls:
Current as of: February 19, 2021
Author: Provincial Injury Prevention, Alberta Health Services
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