Taking care of a baby: what to do when they fall of the bed

Taking care of a baby: what to do when they fall of the bed
March 14 09:19 2017 image: https://pixabay.com/p-145125/

As a parent, nothing can prepare you for some of the things that will happen as your baby grows older. Most of these things and milestones are cute and adorable and you will probably find yourself chatting about it to your friends and relatives, however there are some milestones that your baby will reach that you would rather have them skip, one of them is rolling over and falling of the bed. Contrary to what you may think, babies fall over the bed a lot so its important to know what you should do in the event that your baby falls off the bed.

 

Falling off the bed, when is it likely to happen?

Your baby is likely to fall into danger of falling not only off the bed but off the couch and other heights too when they approach and reach the 6-month milestone. At 6 months, the baby learns the ability to roll over, usually from their tummy to their back and the other way around.

It is best not to leave your baby unattended as they reach this age but sometimes you cant be around all the time, so it is better to try and minimize the fall and prevent the baby from actually getting injured. We will talk about that in a while, right now let’s look at some things that you should do in the event that your baby has fallen.

What to do first when your baby falls

The first impulse you will feel is the need to quickly pick up the baby and soothe them from the fall, most parents do that but this can be very dangerous for the baby and could actually cause them more harm if they sustained some injuries during the fall.

The first thing you should do instead is to inspect the baby for any signs of loss of consciousness, bleeding and head injuries. If your baby is unconscious or has a head injury that seem nasty its best not to move them but call for medical help immediately. Do not leave the baby until the medical help arrives, if they are having any seizures or vomiting just turn them to their side and support them with a pillow or cushion.

If it appears that the baby did not sustain any dangerous injuries from the fall, you can pick them up and comfort them, at the same time continue to check for other injuries that you might have missed.

 

When should you go to the emergency room?

When your baby does not appear to have lost consciousness or experienced head injuries you can monitor them and check for the following signs, behaviors or symptoms:

  • Crying without ceasing
  • Inflammation of the soft spots on the baby’s head, usually on the front
  • Then baby continues to rub the head
  • Blood or unusual floods coming out of the nose or ears
  • Poor coordination
  • Loss of balance
  • Vomiting

 

When you notice any of the above, take the baby to the nearest healthcare facility immediately.

 

 

How can you prevent baby injuries?

The best thing to do for your baby is to try and minimize the chance of them sustaining injuries, it is impossible to prevent them from getting injured all together but there are a number of measures that you can implement around the house:

  • do not leave the baby on an adult bed unattended
  • use a crib
  • install soft floors around the areas where your baby spends the most time
  • always keep one hand on then baby when you are performing certain tasks above ground, for example when you are changing the baby or dressing them

 

 

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