Being a parent is the most wonderful as well as the scariest thing in the world. This is not just a baby it is your heart and soul and you can’t bear to watch the baby in pain. When babies are small we want them to get off the bed and start walking but the nightmare starts when they do start walking. They seem to fall every time they move and your heart skips a beat.

Babies fall while sleeping on the bed, from a changing table, stairs, and everything else. Most of the time they do ok with falls, it is rightly said that they are made of rubber but some falls can be harmful to them especially if it is from the stairs. They bounce and hit their back, bum, and head when falling from the stairs. It is important to know what to do if the baby falls and how to prevent it from falling at all.

Some common ways the baby fall
•    You could fall asleep while having the baby sleeping next to you and they roll over, or the caregiver drops them
•    You or the caregiver could trip and drop the baby
•    They fall from changing tables often.
•    They fall down the stairs while trying to climb or coming down as they love to try new things and explore their limits.
•    They can fall on toys and get hurt

Warning Signs
As mentioned before, babies tend to fall a lot. If your baby cries immediately, is not bleeding, and seems ok when you pick them ok then chances are they are ok. However, there are a few warning signs that you should know and act upon immediately.
•    Your baby loses consciousness
•    Your baby immediately vomits
•    Baby is bleeding from the nose or ears
•    The soft spot (fontanelle) on their skull begins to swell
•    There are signs of a skull fracture (bruising, swelling of the head, bleeding, cut on the scalp)
•    Your baby is having a seizure
•    Your baby's limbs, neck, or spine look out of alignment or deformed, and you suspect a bone break
•    There is any sign your baby is not behaving like their normal self; for example, appearing lethargic or not feeding properly

Remember not to pick up the baby if you see signs of neck, spine, or scalp injury. Call emergency immediately and stay with the baby. Also, do not pick the baby if he is having a seizure, you might end up harming him more.

What You Can Do
If you don’t see any warning signs mentioned, you can pick him up to console him. Here’s what else you might do in the immediate aftermath of a non-emergency fall:
•    Call your doctor; they may or may not ask you to bring your baby in, but you should check in soon after a fall for advice
•    Clean any cuts or scrapes with soap and water
•    You can apply anti-bacterial cream and bandages to open wounds or cuts
•    You can also apply a cold compress or ice pack to any reddening spots or bumps to prevent swelling
•    Keep watch over your baby for the next several hours for signs of a concussion or other brain injury (dizziness, headache, extreme crankiness, seems less alert and less coordinated, looks sweaty, pale, or begins to vomit)
•    If your baby is sleepy, your doctor may advise you to let them sleep, but check on them at two-hour intervals to make sure they are doing well
How to Prevent Future Falls

To prevent the most common kinds of the baby falls:
•    Don’t leave the baby alone on the bed or on the changing table. They move quickly and will be down before you realize it. Keep one hand on the baby if you need to turn or pick him up to be safe.
•    Baby walkers seem useful but are very dangerous. Most babies fall out of it and hit their heads and chest badly.
•    Never leave your car seat or baby seat on an elevated surface when your baby is in it; always place it on the floor.
•    Always keep an eye on the baby when they start crawling or walking. If you need to step away, place them in a secure location such as a playpen or crib.
•    Place properly installed baby gates on all stairs in your home.
•    Make sure all windows have locks; consider safety guard rails as well.
•    Keep your baby’s crib sides up and secure.
•    Always use safety belts and safety straps on car seats, baby chairs, and high chairs.
•    Place furniture away from windows and make sure it is secure.
•    Anchor bookcases, chests of drawers, and TV stands to the wall.
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