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Falls

Falls hurt more children ages 14 and under than any other unintentional injury. In fact, each year, more than 2.3 million fall-related injuries in children are reported. Children most often fall from the following:

  • Baby walkers

  • Furniture

  • Playground equipment

  • Shopping carts

  • Stairs

  • Windows

The severity of injuries sustained in a fall depends on the height of the fall and the landing surface. Most serious or fatal falls involve head injuries.

Proper safety measures in the home can help prevent certain types of falls, including those involving baby walkers and stairs. Installing window guards and/or moving furniture away from windows may prevent some falls. In addition, making sure the surface underneath playground equipment is a loose-fill surfacing or special playground surfacing can help minimize injuries in a fall.

There are many different types of fall-related injuries that require clinical care by a physician or other healthcare professional. Listed in the directory below are some considerations, for which a brief overview has been provided.

Injury Statistics and Incidence Rates

Prevention

Falls - WellSpan Health

Online Medical Reviewer: Marcellin, Lindsey, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Stump-Sutliff, Kim, RN, MSN, AOCNS
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