Falls are the leading cause of all injury-related hospital admissions in older babies. Falls can lead to serious injuries. 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, their heads 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 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.
Baby’s Crib and Other Furniture
As your baby starts to walk, move furniture out of the way so that your toddler has a big, open area to walk in.
Preventing falls is a combination of active supervision and creating a safe environment. When your baby's awake he needs active supervision. This means that you're close by and paying attention all of the time.
Adapted from Babies Don’t Bounce series
Current as of: March 9, 2018
Author: Provincial Injury Prevention Program, Alberta Health Services
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