While it is expected that small children will take a tumble or two when they are learning to walk or are gaining more experience with it, there are times when a fall may require you to seek medical help right away. You see, falls are one of the most common types of childhood accidents that occur and “are the leading cause of nonfatal injuries for children, including head injuries, fractures and sprains, and contusions or bruises” [Source: Baby Center]. Some of the most common places children fall from include:
- Changing tables
- Slippery floors
- Shopping carts
- Play equipment
- Unsecured infant seats
- Baby walkers
- Windows without the proper guards or stops on them
While most falls result in a few tears shed, there are other times when the fall may need to be taken more seriously, especially if the fall resulted in your child hitting their head. Our heads are one of the most fragile parts of our body and we must acknowledge that a bump here or there could lead to a serious injury. Therefore, if your child recently fell, whether it was at home or even at daycare, it is important that if you witness any of the following behavior, that you contact 911 immediately:
- Your child loses consciousness. If your child isn’t breathing, Baby Center says that you should have someone contact 911 while you administer CPR. If your child is unresponsive, you also will need to seek immediate medical attention right away.
- If your child is experiencing bleeding that doesn’t stop even when pressure is applied, get them to the hospital right away.
- A seizure.
- A broken bone. If the fall led to your child hitting another part of their body and you notice it is bent awkwardly or it appears to be out of alignment, it may be a sign they broke a bone and will need a doctor to assess their condition to determine what form of treatment needs to be rendered.
- Prolonged crying or screaming. If your child continues to cry or scream after they have fallen, they may be experiencing pain inside which might mean they suffered an internal injury.
- If you notice a change in your child’s pupil size or they seem to be making unusual eye movements, they may have suffered a brain injury.
- If your child is vomiting or becomes extremely tired, this may be a sign of a concussion. It is important that you monitor how your child crawls or walks, and if they are older, pay attention to their vision, speech, and how they maneuver around.
- If you notice a small, swollen area on the scalp where they hit their head, blood showing in the whites of their eyes, or blood draining from his/her nose or ears, this may be a sign they suffered a skull fracture.
While most of the tumbles a child takes aren’t serious, you will want to monitor your child for the next 24 hours and pay attention to their behavior. If they seem to be okay and aren’t exhibiting anything out of the ordinary, then the fall was just another bump in the road. However, if you feel uneasy or aren’t sure whether they may or may not have sustained an injury, it is best that you take them to the hospital where they can be checked out. Not only will the visit help put your mind at ease, but confirm whether your child sustained any type of injury.
As much as we would like to never experience having our children fall and bump their head, small children are still learning how to move around which means their balance and judgment is off. Needless to say, a fall here and there is inevitable. However, you can reduce the chances of having your child fall if you monitor them carefully and never place them in an area where the chances of them falling increases.
While most falls are mere accidents, if your child recently slipped or fell from a high-up area while under the supervision of someone else, you may want to find out how the accident occurred. If you suspect that your child wasn’t properly buckled in a seat or they were placed in an area without the appropriate supervision which then led to them falling, we encourage you to contact a local Alexandria, LA accident attorney. Alexandria accident lawyer Ross Downs is available to speak with you and would be happy to explain what your legal rights are and what can be done about the unfortunate situation.
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