Toddlers fall A LOT, but that doesn't make it any easier each and every time they do.
The first few minutes can be pretty frightening, especially if you weren't there when it happened.
However, keeping the following five things in mind will help you handle the situation better and ensure that your little one is okay.
1. Stay calm
First and foremost you need to stay calm, ESPECIALLY if they are inconsolable. The calmer you are the quicker your child will calm down giving you a chance to assess the situation.
2. Assess the situation
Falling on concrete is a lot different to falling on grass so it is important you check where they landed to be able to judge how badly hurt they are.
3. Look for signs of injury
Check for blood, bumps, swelling and bruises and make sure your child has not suffered a concussion. Even if they fell on their arm or knee do check their whole body as a precautionary measure.
4. Keep an eye on them
Even if they don’t show any signs of injury straight away you should keep a close eye on them for signs of fatigue, confusion and vomiting. These all require a trip to A&E.
5. When to call a doctor
Most falls don’t require a trip to the doctor but it is important that you do take them if their injury suffices. Keep an eye out for the following symptoms that could indicate a concussion:
- Tiredness or listlessness
- Irritability or crankiness
- Changes in eating
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Changes in the way the child plays
- Changes in performance at school
- Lack of interest in favourite toys or activities
- Loss of new skills, such as toilet training
- Loss of balance or unsteady walking