Fall is for Leaves, Not for Bruises, Bumps or Skinned Knees
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) approximately 8,000 children in the United States are treated daily for fall related injuries. This adds up to nearly 2.8 million children a year.
Safety and injury prevention begins in the home. Hazards can often be hidden but always following manufacturer’s use instructions, paying attention to warning labels and making a few adjustments where needed, the possibility of accidents occurring can be greatly reduced.
- High Chairs - Make sure your high chair has a three or five-point harness system, including crotch strap, waist belt and optional shoulder straps and it is used every time the child is in the high chair.
- Bouncers – Always use the restraint straps on bouncers; leaving these unfastened does not secure the child in place, and can allow them to fall out of the bouncer at any point during use.
- Handheld Carriers – Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions on how to safely and properly use handheld carriers before utilizing them. Make the proper adjustments to the carrier, if possible, as the baby grows. If the carrier is the wrong size, it is a danger to the child. The safest place to rest a carrier is on the floor. Do not place carriers on tables, counters or other elevated areas.
- Cribs – Crib mattresses that are raised too high can increase the likelihood that a baby will fall because they may be able to crawl or climb out of the crib. Adjust the height of the mattress to a lower position as your baby grows and becomes more mobile.
- Strollers – Use of the harnesses in a stroller is vital as it prevents the baby from sliding out during use. Be sure that there is not an excessive amount of weight placed on the back of the stroller to avoid it from tipping over.
- Rugs – When using area rugs, secure them to the floor to avoid falls.
- Gates –When using gates, select the right gate for your needs. For example, pressure-mounted gates should not be used at the top of stairs.
For more tips, videos and safety information, visit www.BabySafetyZone.org.