First Aid: Fallsenparents 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-8d61-4ea2-8607-27bdffc5b098<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=""><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="" 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="">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="">CPR</a></strong> if you know how to do so)</strong></li> <li>has a <a href="">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="">acetaminophen</a> or <a href="">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="">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="">Childproof</a> against <a href="">falls</a> with gates and <a href="">don't use walkers</a>.</li> <li>Always strap young kids into high chairs, <a href="">changing tables</a>, shopping carts, and <a href="">strollers</a>.</li> <li>Make sure kids always wear helmets when <a href="">biking</a>, skating, and using <a href="">skateboards</a> or scooters.</li> </ul>
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