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Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injuries in children less than 14 years of age. More than 80 percent of fall-related injuries among children ages 4 and under occur in the home.
There are many different types of fall-related injuries that require medical care by a physician or other healthcare professional. The severity of the injuries will vary depending on the conditions of the fall. Those that result in head injuries are the most severe. In fact, falls are responsible for 50 percent of traumatic brain injuries in children ages 0 to 14.
Children of a certain age are more prone to certain types of falls. Infants are more likely to fall from furniture, while toddlers are more likely to fall from windows. Older children sustain more fall-related injuries from playground equipment. Preschoolers and children with physical limitations are at the greatest risk because they have a higher center of gravity. Children can also become injured by something falling on them, such as furniture, a television or shopping cart.
Most unintentional fall-related injuries happen at home.
When selecting furniture for your new baby
Following safety measures in and around the home can help prevent falls. There are many products available to help make your home a safe place for your children, but every home is different and not all home safety products will work for every family. The most important safety device is constant supervision. Children are curious. It’s natural for them to explore and they need an adult to help guide them to safe discoveries.
Visit the Safety Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to purchase safety products for your home at low prices.
Injuries resulting from a shopping cart tipping over or falling over can be severe.
Here are a few things to remember when shopping with your child:
Backyard play sets and community playgrounds can be the highlight of your child’s day. They both offer the benefits of physical activity and encourage children to learn new skills. When choosing a playground, consider the following:
You can further prevent falls by supervising your children on the playground at all times and teaching them how to avoid falls with these pointers:
Our Fall-Related safety brochure is available for download in multiple languages: