Common Childhood Injuries
If your baby is a new walker and takes a tumble, the number one rule is... stay calm and try not to overreact. Babies can sense when mom or dad
is worried or scared. Rushing to his side every time he stumbles will wear
you out and cause your baby to become overly cautious or quick to cry, whether hurt or not. If your baby sobs and whimpers following a minor tumble, calmly comfort him and encourage him to get back on his feet. More serious tumbles from a high chair, couch, crib, counter top, or taken when running or cruising on a ride-on toy, require a more thorough check, especially if your baby bumps his head or falls on his head or back. Contact your pediatrician or hospital emergency room immediately if you see signs of serious injury.
Some falls can be very serious and for some babies, falling down is just a minor inconvenience to their playtime. They fall down and jump right back up to continue playing. Remember there is no better safety precaution than adult supervision at all times. Many times it isn't enough just to be in the same room when your baby is working on those pulling up and new walking skills. You need to be right there with your baby until pulling up and walking have been mastered.
These lists were compiled from a variety of sources, including Safe and Healthy: A Parent's Guide to Children's Illnesses by William Sears, M.D. (1996); First Aid for Children-Fast by the Johns Hopkins Children's Center (1996); and the National SAFE KIDS Campaign web site. For more information about protecting your baby from injuries you can contact the National SAFE KIDS Campaign at (202)662-0600; or visit their web site at www.safekids.org.
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