Common Childhood Injuries
Despite your best child proofing efforts to insure your baby's safety, accidents will happen. Accidents are a part of growing up, but that doesn't make them any easier or any less scary for both babies and parents.
While your baby is still small (under six months old) you need to be aware that injuries can result from the most common everyday actions such as napping in the crib, taking a ride in the car, or taking a bath. Here are some specifics to watch for:
- In the crib - pinched fingers and limbs, suffocation under blankets and pillows
- In the car - car accidents, particularly involving improperly installed car seats
- All around the house - falls from infant seats, high chair and changing tables.
Once your baby is on the move crawling and rolling around, the chance for an accident to happen increases dramatically. Pay close attention to these injury risk areas once your baby hits seven months to one year old:
- High chair and climbing accidents
- Car accidents, including overheating in a locked car
- Burns from cigarettes, coffee, electrical cords and sockets
- Choking on small toys
- Strangulation by cords and strings - any cord or string longer than 6 inches is dangerous
- Cuts from sharp edges on toys, breakables, and furniture
- Walkers, strollers, and ride-on toy accidents
The most common of all of these injuries in the seven months to one-year-old age group is falls from pulling up and learning to walk. When babies start to walk, they seem to take more stumbles than steps. Minor bumps and bruises are an unavoidable part of gaining motor skills and independence. Keep your baby under constant adult supervision and the play area free from stairs, sharp edges, and other potential hazards, and most of these falls will not cause any serious injury.
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