What to Do When Baby Falls or Dropped? Preventive Ways to Heal Child
Created by Lakshmi Kapoor Verma Updated on Sep 12, 2019
Even right now when I write this blog, I sincerely hope and keep my fingers crossed that no mom (including me) has to ever face a situation which involves your baby bundle of joy falls & hurt. Having said that some wise person very rightly stated, “all babies must fall, but it is up to every individual on how you react in those moments of panic and chaos”.
I faced my fears for the first time when my daughter grew a little over 5 months and started doing the “double rolls”- rolling over twice on her tummy. I was changing her diaper and turned away when suddenly I realized she has rolled and has managed to come right on the edge of the bed. I caught her mid-air and it was a close call.
The second time, we were not that lucky. This was when she had started sitting up without support and I placed her on the sofa. I bent down to pick up her toy for a split second and “thud” she was on the floor howling her lungs out and what followed was a couple of minutes of chaos, noise, panic and of course the pain of seeing that red bump on her forehead!
What If Your Baby Falling Off the Bed?
After this mishap, I strongly felt the need to build a better coping up mechanism if such falls happen in the future. I started talking to fellow moms and reading more about reacting in situations like these and found some very helpful baby proofing tips and procedures which I am sharing below -
When to Panic?
This is by far the most important tip I was given by a fellow more experienced mom. Every fall doesn’t need you to go in chaos mood. Babies fall and the first thing that you need to do is to calm yourself and calm your baby down. Shouting and creating a panic is just going to scare the baby more. Tight reassuring hugs works wonder for a frightened little munchkin in such situations. Quick Tip - Nursing can really help you calm down your baby after a fall.
What to Do If Baby Falls - Immediate Medical Intervention
Once you have managed to take control of the situation, you need to look out for signs which indicate a serious injury calling for immediate medical intervention such as:-
- Is baby-rolling his/her eyes?
- Is baby-falling unconscious?
- Is baby opening his/her eyes?
- Is baby having a seizure?
- Is the baby refusing to calm down after a few minutes?
- Is any external injury/cut?
- Is vomiting or becoming disoriented?
- Baby howling in extreme pain when touched upon some particular spot
Above given signs and symptoms can indicate an internal injury in which case the baby needs to be rushed to the emergency ward. In case there is a bump, which babies usually get after falling down, try applying a cold compress/ice pack. Baby twitching away from the cold compress is actually a good sign!
What to Monitor in Baby After Fall?
If your child has had a nasty fall and you are having your doubts, monitor your baby for at least 24 hours for any signs such as
Trust our instincts and if you feel your baby is behaving differently, make sure you reach out to your child’s doc and not take any chances. If the baby has quieted down, is taking feed normally, and goes off to sleep as well, then you can thank god for keeping your baby safe.
Preventive Ways to Heal Child & Deal Ahead
Baby proofing your home once your baby begins to get mobile can be exhausting. You can follow these simple steps to make your life easier -
- Keep a sharp eye on your baby at all times
- Never leave him/her unattended especially near sharp corners, on heights and in a bathtub, etc
- Guard and latch all windows and balconies
- Height is the main culprit. Make sure your baby is never alone on an elevated surface
- Cushion all sharp corners (I use lindam buffers which are available online) and keep hazardous objects away from their reach
- Remove slippery, loose footmats from the floor on which the child can have a nasty skid
- Keep ample paper towels handy always to wipe up any spillage from the floor
- Install rail guards on the bed, or ensure the baby is safe in her cot when sleeping, or if you must, lay the baby’s bed on the floor to avoid falls
Quick Tip If Baby Falls from Bed or Somewhere Else
Never leave your baby unattended on an elevated surface which is more than his/her height. Last but not least, do not let the feeling of being a bad mom haunt you in case your baby falls. It can happen to everyone and everywhere!
| Oct 05, 2015
i agree with the above post. Being a doctor and a mother of a 11month old child, it gets really nerve rackin at times. my baby had a fall from a height of 10feet from the stairs. It was heart wrenching to see my child crying in pain. the pain stayed for around 3 days but luckily the baby survived the fall bravely. She couldn't crawl for around 3 to 4 days and it ws doubtful for me as was suspecting fracture or so but eventually nothing was there and in a weeks time she was back to her normal self
| Oct 07, 2015
My 2 year old daughter had a small slip from a chair and was in complete discomfort and agony for 2days till I as a mother figured out that something was definitely wrong. My MIL and husband were persistent that these small falls keep happening and that it is absolutely fine. I took her to her pediatrician who also said that nothing was wrong as my daughter was able to move her hand around.. but as they say no one understand a baby more than their mother. The third day following the fall was my birthday and when my husband asked me what I wanted to make my day memorable I asked a visit to a pediatric orthopedician. Reluctantly we were taken to the hospital where the doctor confirm my baby's collar bone fracture. That was the day after which no one dared to speak against a mother's instinct.
| Oct 08, 2015
My toddler is all grown up now, so that he can come down from the bed easily, but when he was of 1 yr (now he is of 1. 8) he had a big fall from bed on his head and backside, there were no signs of danger, but I m still worried, will it affect his brain in anyway?
| Oct 15, 2015
good one.. one more thing I would like to add is.. fall is a must in everyones life to get up and walk forward.. every fall as said above doesnt need panic.. I remember reading when your baby falls.. dont show too much of care.. unless and untill required.. they have to learn to get up and move foward.. this will boost their self confidence ..but saying that.. dont forget to be vigilant..
| Dec 01, 2015
My 10th month old son fell from our bed 3 days ago early in the morning. I was half asleep and suddenly heard a bump on the floor. I quickly got up and search for my baby on the bed but when I looked down on the floor, he wasnt able to open up his eyes , half-asleep and was clapping happily! I am still glad that he wasnt showing any pain since he didn't cry at all and was clapping. And I took him up and held him to my chest and nursed him by checking if he has any bump on his head. It was an experiencing incident and quite a funny one. Thank God he is still okay. :)
| Dec 01, 2015
My daughter is 1year n 5 months actually am mother for twin babies one son n one daughter yesterday my daughter passed urin on d floor i didnt notice it n she skipped n fell down vigourously n got injured at back of her head she cried for long time but den she got convinced but i was still afraid inside but now after reading this message am bit relaxed coz der s no blood clot on her head n not any symptoms mentioned by you. Thanks for sharing this message. But still am very much upset n feeling guilty on this issue n bit worried.
| Dec 01, 2015
My daughter is 11 months old. I was vising my in laws who were residing at kakinada. One day since i was preparing tea for me and my mom in law, my mom in law took my baby and placed her on the bed as my baby was disrupting her from sweeling the floor. My mom in law after placing her on the bed left the room for a second and i was in the kitchen totally unaware of the situation. Suddenly, i a heard a noice of a large stone falling on the ground. When i came out to find out what happened, to ky shock it was my baby who fell down. You should have been there to see my reaction. I was almost fainted. I took my baby and started crying along with her. My baby was completely shocked and was crying immensely. But after 15 minutes she was normal and was behaving normal. I was so mad at my mom in law but couldn't say anything. After one week i returned to Hyderabad, still shocked about the recent incident. I explained the entire situation to my mom to which she said it's normal for kids to fall off the bed. We need to check for any bump and bleeding if any in these situations. Since there were none of those, i was relieved that nothing happened to my baby. After that incident, i am not giving my baby to anyone to hold her for 1 minute also