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As careful as we try to be and even with the most supervision possible, accidents happen. Unfortunately, many kids end up falling off their beds, couch, or changing table and hitting their heads which causes a panic mode for all mothers.
Your baby falling off the bed or changing table is definitely a scary and traumatizing experience, but if it happens, it is important not to panic to be able to asses the situation and monitor your child. The younger the child is, the more fragile the skull is, so you should act according to your child’s age.
It is important to secure your child while they are sleeping. Make sure they either sleep in their crib if they are unattended or if they are on your bed secure them with bed rails so they don’t fall off the bed while tossing and turning during their sleep.
What should I do if my baby falls off the bed?
The main concern doctors have after babies fall off their beds is getting a concussion. Doctors usually ask parents of babies who fell off their beds to monitor any changes in behavior and to generally observe how the child is acting. If they cry and then quiet down after falling, it usually means that they are fine, but it is better to monitor them for 24 hours.
Babies will also usually want to sleep after a fall, doctors advise to allow them to sleep but wake them up in intervals to make sure they are behaving normally.
If you feel like the fall was minor, and there is a small bruise from the impact of the fall, apply a cold ice compress on the place of the bruise.
What are the symptoms of a concussion?
- Loss of consciousness
- Inconsolable crying
- Excessive sleepiness
- Not acting their selves, staying quiet for a long period of time
- Refusing food
- Loss of newly learned skills
When is it considered an emergency?
If God forbid, your child loses consciousness after falling, or is bleeding, this is an immediate emergency and you need medical intervention. You should immediately take your child to the emergency room to receive the proper medical care required.
Other warning signs after the baby falls off the bed:
- Discharge or blood coming out of the nose or ears.
- Swelling of the soft spot.
- Bruising or swelling along the head.
If you feel like your child is not acting normally or notice any of the above symptoms or any injuries after a big fall off the bed, please seek medical help immediately to avoid further injuries.
- Cleveland Clinic: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/what-to-do-if-your-infant-falls-off-the-bed-or-changing-table/
- Today’s Parent: https://www.todaysparent.com/baby/baby-health/baby-fell-off-bed/
- Healthline: https://www.healthline.com/health/parenting/baby-fell-off-bed#what-to-do-first
- Medical News Today: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322208#possible-injuries
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