From birth through the teen years, children are at risk of becoming seriously injured in a fall. How and where a fall happens and how seriously a child is injured tends to falls depends on their age.
Falls in infants tend to happen around the home. Infants commonly fall from elevated surfaces such as change tables, cribs, high chairs, counter tops or down the stairs. When an infant falls, the result can be very serious and a head injury, concussion or fracture can occur. Close supervision and using the right equipment are key to keeping your baby safe.
Children of all ages love to play at the park or playground. In spring and summer, children between 1 and 9 years of age spend about 14 hours each week in playgrounds. Unfortunately, playground equipment is not always as safe as we think. In fact, playground injuries are a leading cause of injury that sends young children to emergency departments. Fractures and head injuries are the most common and serious types of injuries that occur in playgrounds, and they usually result from falls off of play structures. The good news is that most serious playground injuries can be prevented by putting safety first when planning, maintaining and using playgrounds.
Adolescents and teens tend to fall during sports and leisure activities. Falls or collisions during sports such as hockey and skiing, and recreational activities such as trampoline use, skateboarding, roller skating and cycling are the leading cause of injury hospitalizations for Canadians under 20 years of age. Common injuries include sprains, fractures, head injuries and concussions.
We want all kids to stay healthy, active and safe. Keep reading to find out how to prevent your children from falling.