Did you know that falls are the leading cause of injury in BC children from birth to 14 years old?
I’m a parent and a nurse. Like all parents and caregivers, I want to keep my kids safe while allowing them to have fun and be physically active. I’m always amazed by how quickly children’s skills and abilities can change as they develop from one stage to the next. You can never be sure what they might get up to next!
Falls are a normal part of child development
Children are naturally curious, and they learn by playing and exploring in their environments. Falls and tumbles are a normal part of child development, and many falls result in no more than a minor scrape or bruise. Still, each year, more than 140,000 children are seen in emergency departments across Canada for more serious fall-related injuries.
Preventing serious fall-related injuries
Summer is a great time to think about how to prevent child falls in the home and outdoors. As temperatures rise, many of us open our windows to let in the warm, fresh air. For children under five years old, injuries often happen in the home and involve a fall from furniture, stairs, or a window.
Creating a child-friendly home
Children have large heads compared to the rest of their body. This affects their balance and puts them at risk of getting a head injury from a fall.
Don’t let a preventable injury ruin your family’s outdoor summer fun
The sunny weather also draws families outdoors to enjoy activities such as biking, swimming, or going to the playground. Don’t let a preventable injury ruin your family’s outdoor summer fun! Parachute is a great online resource for injury prevention information.
Here are some easy precautions that Parachute suggests parents and caregivers take to prevent serious falls and help kids stay safe:
- Use window stops and keep balcony doors locked.
- Use stair gates in your home.
- Place all furniture away from windows and balcony door handles.
- Make sure playground equipment has barriers, is properly anchored and in good condition, and has a deep, soft surface.
- Practise active supervision while still giving your child the chance to explore and develop.