Toddlers and young children like to explore, climb, walk, run, and
dance. These activities put them at risk for falls and injuries. You can help
prevent accidents in the following ways:
Lock doors to all dangerous areas. Keep keys out
of your child's sight and reach.
Use sliding gates at both ends of
stairways. Avoid accordion-style gates because a child's head could get caught
in the gate. Look for a gate with openings no bigger than
2.3 in. (5.8 cm).
Keep stairways clean and safe. Carpeting on stairs
should be in good repair; uncarpeted stairs should be kept clean but not slick.
Train your child to hold onto the rail and to walk carefully down each step one
at a time. If you have pets, teach your child to keep away from them while on
stairs. Teach pets to wait until stairs are clear before using
Attach double-sided tape, foam backing, or a rubber pad to
throw rugs to secure them on flooring.
Watch your toddler when he
or she is outside. Uneven grass, sloping lawns, and hills can make walking
Install window guards. Also, do not place furniture,
including chairs, close to windows. Make sure windows are closed and locked
securely when children are present.
Do not allow your child to
climb on high furniture.
Also, keep thinking ahead for new falling hazards your child may
encounter, such as:
Playground equipment, especially slides and
monkey bars. Avoid taking your child to playgrounds that do not have a soft
surface beneath the equipment.
Tricycles. Only allow your child to
ride solid, stable tricycles that are low to the ground. In addition, watch
where your child rides; steep downhill slopes can make your child lose control
Falling off the bed. Install bed rail guards to help
prevent falls. Many are now available that are easy to attach and remove. Make
sure openings in rails are small enough to prevent a child from getting
trapped, which can lead to choking or suffocating.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
November 30, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 30, 2010
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