With all the running, climbing, and exploring kids do, it's not surprising that falls are common. Although many falls result in mild bumps, cuts, and bruises, some falls can cause serious injuries that need immediate medical attention.
Here are some possible signs that a child had a serious fall:
If you think the child had a serious fall:
If the child doesn't seem to have serious injuries after a fall:
Call the parents if a child hits or injures his or her head. They may want to call the doctor. They'll also want to watch the child closely for the next 24 hours for unusual symptoms or behavior.
Luckily, you can take steps to help prevent falls — and make it less likely you'll have to deal with the panic and worry that go with them. Always follow these simple rules:
Reviewed by: Kate M. Cronan, MD
Date reviewed: May 2013
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