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Falls

  • It's a simple fact: children fall. But there are a few precautions you can take to help prevent falls in your home.

    • Keep your stairways free of clutter.
    • Make sure your child cannot open any window. If you do raise your windows, make sure they do not go any farther than 12 inches. Always keep screens in place.
    • If you have hardwood floors, use nonskid rugs and floor mats. If your baby is learning to walk, put nonskid socks on her feet.
    • Put gates or other secure mesh around open railings.
    • Put gates at the top and bottom of all stairways, including deck stairs.
    • Never let your baby use a walker. It poses safety hazards.
    • Do not let your child climb on chairs, tables, furniture, bookcases or cupboards.
  • Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or she" and "him" or "her."
    Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic
    First published: 02/01/2010
    Last reviewed: 01/01/2016