We want all kids to stay safe, healthy and active.
From birth through the teen years, children are at risk of becoming seriously injured in a fall. How and where a fall happens depends on the child’s age.
Infant falls tend to happen in the home. Infants commonly fall from change tables, cribs, adult beds, high chairs, counter tops or down the stairs. When an infant falls, it can result in a head injury, concussion or fracture.
Children between 1 and 9 years of age spend about 14 hours each week in playgrounds during the spring and summer. For this age group, playground injuries are a leading cause of injury that sends young children to emergency departments. Common playground injuries include fractures and head injuries.
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.