Falls are a common part of childhood. It seems we have reached a point in my daughter’s childhood where dares are in fashion. Yesterday she was dared to jump off a rope and ended up falling onto her face from said piece of rope. Her “darer” was impressed with the back flip and I was relieved I didn’t see it.
What do you do if your child falls from a height?
Try to stay calm
Speak to any witness, did they hurt their head? Did they hurt their neck? Did they lose consciousness?
check the child over looking for any obvious areas of pain, deformity or concern.
As them where it hurts.
Try to keep them calm
If something happens to your child it can make you panic and rush in.
First of all you need to make sure it is safe for you to rush in.
A fall is likely to lead to a bit of discomfort and if you look really distressed, your child will pick up on it.
Find out what happened
If you haven’t witnessed the event find out what happened from anyone who may have seen it.
You want to know what happened, how far they fell, how they landed, whether they lost consciousness etc.
Check your child out
Check them over:
Find out where it hurts,
Whether they know what happened (could indicate a loss of consciousness if they don’t)
Is there any obvious blood or deformity.
When to seek help
It can be hard to know how to react in such a situation:
If your child has fallen from a significant height, particularly if they have landed on or hit their head, try to encourage them not to move and call an ambulance.
If they were knocked out for any period of time you should get them checked out.
Any concerns about limb injuries such as fractures get them checked out
If they are vomiting or unusually drowsy.
Falls are part of childhood for many and most children will come out unscathed. If you feel something more serious has happened this time then it is better to get them checked out for further injury.
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