With winter in full swing, children are spending more time indoors. 8,000 children are treated in U.S. emergency rooms for fall related injuries each day. Surprisingly, most of the injuries occur at home. See what you can do to prevent these accidents from happening in your home.
According to U.S. News and World Report, the leading cause of a serious head injury or trauma in children is due to falls.
Injuries from falls that happen at home can be caused by children falling off of changing tables, down stairs and believe it or not, falling out of windows.
Fortunately, many accidents such as falls can be prevented. Here are a few safety tips to ensure your child’s safety.
- Use safety devices around your home. This would include gates to block stairs, window guards and guard rails on beds and cribs.
- Never leave children unattended while on couches, beds or changing tables.
- Use child equipment that is age and weight appropriate. For example: Do not use swings or bassinets that a child can easily fall out of due to their age and weight.
- Do not let children climb on anything around the house.
- If your child is playing a sport, make sure they wear appropriate protective gear.
Whether you are at home or out with your child, supervision is most important. A fall can happen at any time and anywhere. Sadly the injuries caused from these incidents can be severe. Head injuries are on the rise and studies have shown the effects of these injuries can be serious and long-term.
If you have children or have children visiting your home, keep it safe by following these safety tips and remember your supervision is key.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Protect the ones you love”