First Aid: Fallsenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-FA-Falls-enHD.jpgAlthough most result in mild bumps and bruises, some falls can cause serious injuries that need medical attention.falls, fall, fell, fall down, bump, bumps, bruise, bruises, bruising, scrape, scrapes, scratch, scratches, cut, cuts, head injury, unconscious, loss of consciousness, neck pain, back pain, increasing pain, problems walking, problem walking, problems focusing eyes, problem focusing eyes, difficulty breathing, first aid, first-aid, safety, emergency, emergencies, childproof, childproofing, childproofed, babyproof, babyproofing, babyproofed, child proof, child proofing, child proofed, baby proof, baby proofing, baby proofed, walker, walkers, 911, emergency care, emergency attention, CD1Emergency Medicine, CD1Trauma01/19/200406/21/201806/21/2018Kate M. Cronan, MD06/01/20181cb1d94d-8d61-4ea2-8607-27bdffc5b098https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/falls-sheet.html/<p>With all the running, climbing, and exploring kids do, it's no surprise that falls are common. Although many result in mild bumps, cuts, and bruises, some can cause serious injuries that need immediate medical attention.</p> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/first-aid-guides.html/"><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/buttons/P-firstaid-enBT.jpg" alt="First Aid" name="4990-P_FIRSTAID_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p><strong>Call 911</strong> for emergency help and do not move your child if he or she:</p> <ul> <li>may have seriously injured the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/head-injury.html/">head</a>, neck, back, hipbones, or thighs</li> <li>is unconscious</li> <li>has trouble breathing</li> <li>isn't breathing <strong>(<strong>start <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cpr.html/">CPR</a></strong> if you know how to do so)</strong></li> <li>has a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/seizures-sheet.html/">seizure</a></li> </ul> <p>If your child isn't vomiting and doesn't have any of the symptoms above:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Comfort your child and look for any injuries.</li> <li>Place a cold compress or ice pack on any bumps or bruises.</li> <li>Give <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/acetaminophen.html/">acetaminophen</a> or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ibuprofen.html/">ibuprofen</a> for pain if your child is alert.</li> <li>Let your child rest, as needed, for the next few hours.</li> <li>Watch your&nbsp;child closely for the next 24 hours for any unusual symptoms or behavior.</li> </ul> <h3>Get Medical Care If Your Child:</h3> <ul> <li>becomes very sleepy or is difficult to wake up</li> <li>becomes easily annoyed or upset and cannot be comforted</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vomiting-sheet.html/">vomits</a> more than once</li> <li>complains of head, neck, or back pain</li> <li>complains of increasing pain anywhere</li> <li>is not walking normally</li> <li>does not seem to be focusing his or her eyes normally</li> <li>has any behavior or symptoms that worry you</li> </ul> <h3>Think Prevention!</h3> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Never leave infants and young children on a bed or any other furniture unsupervised.</li> <li>Never put an infant in a baby seat on top of a counter or other high surface.</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/childproof.html/">Childproof</a> against <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/safety-falls.html/">falls</a> with gates and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/products-walkers.html/">don't use walkers</a>.</li> <li>Always strap young kids into high chairs, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/products-changing-tables.html/">changing tables</a>, shopping carts, and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/products-strollers.html/">strollers</a>.</li> <li>Make sure kids always wear helmets when <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bike-safety.html/">biking</a>, skating, and using <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/safety-skateboarding.html/">skateboards</a> or scooters.</li> </ul>
A to Z: Head InjuryLearn more about head injuries (head trauma).https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-head-injury.html/09d2da2c-56d5-4bc9-ae28-20578b688617
Broken BonesMany kids will have a broken bone at some point. Here's what to expect.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/b-bone.html/98c370ab-7c7b-4b1f-a6c5-d1106a57a8dd
Childproofing and Preventing Household AccidentsYou might think of babies and toddlers when you hear the words "babyproofing" or "childproofing," but unintentional injury is the leading cause of death in kids 14 and under.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/childproof.html/0dfb8dee-0285-4d87-a4d3-a048bdc1289e
ConcussionsIn a concussion, the brain shifts inside the skull. This can cause a sudden - but usually temporary - disruption in a person's ability to function properly and feel well. Here's what to do if you suspect a concussion.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/concussions.html/238bf540-fd01-414d-a689-0969e6befdce
Dealing With CutsFind out how to handle minor cuts at home - and when to get medical care for a more serious injury.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bleeding.html/dd98d89c-e30e-4b99-8178-bb65cc8e9c3d
First Aid: Broken BonesA broken bone needs emergency medical care. Here's what to do if you think your child just broke a bone.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/broken-bones-sheet.html/421bf2cd-ba6b-4220-a1bb-a52eddb36fc5
Head InjuriesHead injuries can be external or internal. Learn more about both kinds, how to prevent them, and what to do if your child is injured.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/head-injury.html/9369e328-77a9-4ffb-9782-4aed05a955d4
Household Safety ChecklistsYoung kids love to explore their homes, but are unaware of the potential dangers. Learn how to protect them with our handy household safety checklists.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/household-checklist.html/dc6bee21-6c4d-41fb-a5fa-136ae12e0017
Household Safety: Preventing Injuries From Falling, Climbing, and GrabbingHere's how to help protect kids from a dangerous fall or a tumble into a sharp edge in your home.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/safety-falls.html/c1e23edf-2e4f-4a10-8e62-d8ec57df568c
Preventing Children's Sports InjuriesParticipation in sports can teach kids sportsmanship and discipline. But sports also carry the potential for injury. Here's how to protect your kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sports-safety.html/bec4e82b-c8b0-4945-9611-7c9464e177f8
Walls & Floors, Doors & Windows, Furniture, Stairways: Household Safety ChecklistUse these checklists to make a safety check of your home, including your walls, floors, furniture, doors, windows, and stairways. You should answer "yes" to all of these questions.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/household-checklist-walls.html/ad9e8842-e52b-4b23-bb72-4f891622410f
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