What to Do if Your Baby Fell Out of Bed
It could happen to anyone. If your baby fell out of bed, don’t panic. Think calmly about what you should do.
First, stay calm if your baby fell out of bed
Babies’ bones are very fragile, and fractures aren’t common. If your baby fell out of bed, first, you must stay calm. You think better and act more rationally with a clear head.
This way, you can determine if you need to take your baby to the emergency room, or if it was just a scare.
When taking action, you should evaluate a few different things. First, the height the baby fell from. Was it a chair, the bed or a sofa?
If he fell while walking, it won’t be much of an impact. This will be important to decide if you should call the doctor or go to the emergency room.
With or without blood
Blows to the head or back are the most delicate. If your baby hit these spots, you should check for a few things.
Check for blood, look for the wound, and cover it with gauze and light pressure. If it doesn’t stop bleeding or the wound is very big, you should go to the emergency room.
If the wound is small and it stops bleeding with pressure, you can wait and see how it heals. Remember that a lot of blood can come out of the head, even if it’s not dangerous.
If there isn’t blood, look for a bump or dent to determine where he hit. In most cases, you just need to apply ice. However, you should watch out for other symptoms.
Vomiting and pain
If your child vomits immediately after falling, it’s usually reason to take him to the hospital. However, if your baby vomits a few minutes after crying, you don’t need to worry as much.
It’s normal for babies’ throats to get irritated when they cry. Then, they start to cough and vomit. However, if this happens repetitively and forcefully, you should seek medical help.
Pain is also a good indicator. Again, if it goes away quickly, you don’t have anything to worry about. On the other hand, if the pain doesn’t go away and your child cries and screams, it’s best to go to the emergency room.
Confused and disoriented
If your child is confused, disoriented, or unconscious, go to the hospital. If he’s very sleepy and it’s hard to wake him up, you should go to the emergency room as well.
Seizures are reasons to go immediately to emergency care, as well as difficulty moving, seeing or speaking.
If your child is bleeding from the ears or nose, you must seek immediate help. You should also see the doctor if there’s blood in the whites of his eyes.
Also, if you see deformities anywhere on the body, such as arms or legs, as well as inflammations on the scalp, go to the doctor. In addition, changes in pupil size or unusual eye movements are also reasons to go to the emergency room.
If your baby fell out of bed, your baby might look fine and act normally afterward. In these cases, it’s best to stay home and see how he acts. Take at least 24 hours to watch for any possible symptoms.
How to keep your baby from falling
You can’t always avoid falls because they’re part of your baby’s developing motor skills. What you can do is help make sure these falls aren’t serious.
To lessen the consequences, there are several things you can do. Start by protecting the corners of your furniture, remove mats or make them anti-slip.
It’s important to place safety grilles at the top and bottom of the stairs, and get rid of anything that could make your baby trip. Remove chairs and tables near windows.
Also, when your baby is on the changing table, don’t ever leave him alone because he could flip over and fall. Finally, whenever your child is in the shopping cart, in the car or in a high chair, he should wear the safety belt.
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- Texaschildrens.org. Prevención de caídas. https://www.texaschildrens.org/sites/default/files/IP_PreventingFalls_SP.pdf