November 28, 2017
Your attention keeps me safe! Twenty-four per cent of falls for infants under the age of six months happen when they are being carried.
Forty per cent of falls for babies seven to 12 months happened when they fall off furniture. And, for children over the age of one, 19 per cent of falls happened when they trip or stumble as they learn to walk.
In fact, last year there were 1,509 visits to the Emergency Department at LHSC’s Children’s Hospital due to falls.
What can parents and others caring for infants and children do to keep them safe from falls?
- 0 - 6 months: be alert to your surroundings when you are carrying me
- 7 – 12 months: stay close and keep your hands on me when I am on the couch, bed, or change table
- 12 months and over: remove any hazards in my way, like rugs and toys.
Falls are the most common reason children visit the Emergency Department and they can often be prevented by identifying the risks.
The Injury Prevention team at LHSC in partnership with the Child Safety Middlesex London Committee created a poster for Falls Prevention Month. The poster takes the perspective of the child and offers tips to keep children safe at different ages. To view, click: Your attention keeps me safe poster.