My Child Falls Often Should I be Concerned
With the new found skill of walking, your baby may fall often. Don’t worry. It’s just part of the learning process. When your baby first learns to walk, your constant supervision is required to prevent falls.
However, sometimes your child may fall more often than what can be considered normal.
What are the Other Reasons For Falls?
Falls are a part of your baby’s growth process. However, there could be other reasons for falls such as:
- Flat feet - Most children have flat feet when they first start to walk. The condition however disappears as your baby’s feet strengthen with age. Some cases may require treatment.
- In toeing or turning in of the feet - Occurs frequently in toddlers with bowed legs. It may cause the child to trip frequently while walking or running.
What Can You Do?
- Visit your doctor; He or she can identify if there is any problem that requires treatment.
- Buy the right foot wear. Always buy shoes in your child’s presence so that he or she can try them before buying. See to it that the shoe fits properly at the heel and leaves enough room for the toes. The sole should not be hard. Rather it should provide good cushioning and be flexible enough to bend while walking. Buy soft sole foot wear for your child.
Keep a sharp eye on your child at all times if he or she has started climbing on the furniture or bed. Act quickly to keep him or her from falling.
How Can You Prevent a Fall?
Although it is very common for a child to fall with all the running, climbing and exploring, you can follow these simple tips to prevent a fall:
- Never leave your child alone on a bed or any other furniture unsupervised.
- Ensure that the stairs in your house have handrails on both the sides from the top to the bottom step.
- Baby proof your home .
- Avoid using a baby walker as your child can fall out of the walker
- Watch for slippery surfaces
When to Seek Medical Help?
You may seek medical help if your child:
- Vomits more than two to three times after a fall.
- Complains of pain in the head, neck or back.
- Is showing any behaviour or symptoms that are worrying you.
- Is not able to focus with his or her eyes normally.
Good supervision of your child is the best thing you can do to keep your child safe. All the best!