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According to the Center for Disease Control, falls are the leading cause of accidental injuries in children under age 15 each year. Oftentimes falls in babies occur because parents and nannies do not anticipate that an infant can roll over. This can result in falls from beds, changing tables, couches and other high surfaces.

It’s also important not to leave an infant unattended in a bouncy seat or other child device. As infants gain strength, they can tip the bouncy seat over and fall onto the ground, even while strapped in. Injuries from falls can also occur when a parent or nanny attempts to attach an occupied rear facing only child restraint onto a shopping cart where it could be knocked to the ground. 

Many accidental falls can be prevented by taking proper preventive measures. Since screens are not strong enough or designed to keep children inside, installing window guards in windows can prevent accidental window falls. Installing hard mounted gates on stairwells and using them properly can help to prevent accidental stairwell falls. Since many falls occur while children are in baby walkers, opting for stationary activity centers can reduce the risk of fall related injuries. Properly using harnesses in car seats, high chairs and strollers can also help to prevent accidental falls.

It is imperative that nannies always read the manufacturer’s instructions before using any child related product to ensure proper use. When products are used properly, injuries can be prevented. 

Michelle LaRoweNAN: Falls