Fall prevention tips every parent needs to know

Little ones are famous for melting hearts, sticky hands and faces, and getting into spaces and places they just shouldn’t be. In an effort to arm parents and caregivers with a heightened awareness, the team in Pediatrics put together this collection of common offenders and life-saving tips for avoiding potential household and environmental hazards. 

6 Places for Fall Prevention in Your Home

Furniture/child care products

  • Don’t leave your baby alone on a bed, changing table or sofa.
  • Always strap your child into the seat of the highchair or stroller.
  • When your child can sit or stand without assistance, lock the crib mattress into a low position that is appropriate for his/her height.
  • Never use a baby walker on wheels.
  • Pad corners and sharp edges on furniture, especially coffee tables.
     

Windows

  • Move beds, chairs and other furniture away from windows that can be opened.
  • Do not rely on window or door screens to protect your child.
  • Never open a window more than 4 inches.
  • Some windows can be opened at the top and bottom. If this feature is available, open at the top only.
  • Use window guards — an extra barrier on the bottom of the window — when possible.


Stairs

  • Place safety gates at the top and bottom of each staircase to protect children younger than age 2.
  • Keep stairs clear of clothes, toys, etc.
     

Slippery Surfaces

  • Beware: falls occur most often in bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Immediately mop liquids off the floor.
  • Use a rubber mat in the bathtub.
  • Use throw rugs with nonskid backings.
     

Shopping Carts

  • Always strap your child into the seat. Do not use a cart without a safety strap.
  • Do not allow your child to ride in the basket of the cart where groceries are kept.
  • Do not allow your child to stand in the cart.
  • Do not leave your child alone or move more than an arm’s length from the cart.
     

High Places

  • Never leave a child alone on a balcony, fire escape or high porch.
  • Watch children closely while on bleachers.
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