When a baby first learns how to crawl and walk, the world becomes a place filled with new adventures and discoveries. However, keeping our little explorers safe from falling and injuring themselves requires constant supervision. Little bumps will happen but we're here to help prevent those falls from resulting in something more serious.
The hard facts
Unintentional falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries for children in the United States. Every day, approximately 8,000 children are treated in U.S. emergency rooms for fall-related injuries. This adds up to more than 2.9 million children each year. Many of these injuries could have been avoided, but we can help you prevent future accidents from happening by following these easy tips to keep your children healthy and happy.
- Keep your stairs safe. Make sure stairs have handrails on both sides that go from the top step to the bottom step. Keep stairs clear of clutter and well lit.
- Beware of heights. Never leave a baby alone on a bed, changing table or piece of furniture. Use the safety straps on highchairs and other infant seats to keep children secure.
- Take your kids to parks that have shock-absorbing surfaces, such as mulch, wood chips, sand, rubber or synthetic turf. If your child falls, the landing will be more cushioned compared to concrete, grass or asphalt.
- Address slippery or uneven surfaces. Use a rubber pad in the bathtub to help prevent slipping and clean kitchen spills quickly. Use foam carpet padding, double-sided tape or a rubber pad under area rugs to keep them from sliding. Fix chipped or broken steps and walkways as soon as possible.
To learn more about preventing falls, check out our literature below:
Falls Prevention (PDF, 959 KB)
Preventing Childhood Falls (PDF, 67 KB)