Fall Prevention Tips for Small Children

There’s so much for young children to discover every single day. It’s one of the joys and struggles of being a parent, grandparent, or caregiver. Watching little ones learn to navigate the world is exciting, but it can also present new dangers. While some bumps and bruises are to be expected, taking safety precautions can help you prevent some child falls.

Window Safety

Screens are there to keep bugs out, but they won’t keep kids in! Window guards can be installed to prevent window falls; you can also install window stops to prevent windows from opening more than a few inches. Keep windows closed and locked when they’re not in use. If you have windows that can open from the top and bottom, only open the top.

Move chairs and other furniture away from windows to prevent crawlers and climbers from accessing the window.

Safe Seating

When using highchairs, carriers, strollers, and swings, ensure that babies and young children are strapped in securely. Don’t put bouncers, swings, or activity centers near the top of stairs or on top of a table or other furniture. Follow manufacturer recommendations for safe use, including height and weight limits.

Teach Babies to Stand and Walk Safely

Toys that teach babies to stand and walk don’t prevent babies from rolling down the stairs. Always supervise children in walkers and make sure they stay away from stairs. Be aware that a child in a walker may suddenly be able to reach a shelf, coffee table, or countertop!

Cord Safety

Electrical cords and other items may be especially interesting to little hands. Make sure that power cords and cables are installed safely and tucked out of the way to prevent kids from tripping over them or grasping at them to try to pull themselves up.

Prevent Child Fall Injuries

Falls are the top cause of non-fatal injuries for kids in the United States. Safe Kids Worldwide reports that unintentional falls resulted in more than 1.3 million injuries that required emergency room treatment in 2020. While a few bumps are to be expected, never move a child who appears to be seriously injured after falling. Call 911 immediately.

If you or a loved one has been injured, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.