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What to do when your baby falls – a mother’s guide to baby proofing

Lakshmi Kapoor Verma
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Created by Lakshmi Kapoor Verma
Updated on Jul 18, 2017

What to do when your baby falls a mothers guide to baby proofing

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 precious little one getting 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.

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 were a couple of minutes of chaos, noise, panic and of course the pain of seeing that red bump on her forehead!

After this mishap, I strongly felt the need to build a better coping up mechanism if such falls happen in future. I started talking to fellow moms and reading more about reacting in situations like these and found some very helpful tips and procedures which I am sharing below: -

1.    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 panic is just going to scare the baby more. Tight reassuring hugs works wonder for a frightened little munchkin in such situations.
Quicktip- nursing can really help you calm down your baby after a fall.

2.    What to do- 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:-
a.    Baby rolling his/her eyes 
b.    Baby falling unconscious 
c.    Baby not opening his/her eyes 
d.    Baby having a seizure 
e.    Baby refusing to calm down after a few minutes 
f.    Any external injury/cut 
g.    Vomiting or becoming disoriented
h.    Baby howling in extreme pain when touched upon some particular spot

These above 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!


3.    Monitor – 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 
a.    Vomiting 
b.    Restlessness 
c.    Seizure 
d.    Bleeding/cuts 

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.  

4.    How to prevent - 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: -
a.    Keep a sharp eye on your baby at all times 
b.    Never leave him/her unattended especially near sharp corners, on heights and in a bathtub etc.
c.    Guard and latch all windows and balconies 
d.    Height is the main culprit. Make sure your baby is never alone on an elevated surface 
e.    Cushion all sharp corners (I use lindam buffers which are available online) and keep hazardous objects away from their reach
f.    Remove slippery, loose footmats from the floor on which the child can have a nasty skid.
g.    Keep ample paper towels handy always to wipe up any spillage from the floor
h.    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


Quicktip- Never leave your baby unattended on an elevated surface which is more than his/her height

Last but not the least, do not let the feeling of being a bad mom haunt you in case your baby falls. Happens with everyone and everywhere!

All the best!

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| Dec 27, 2017

thnx fr writing dis... it really helps n get rid of shouting n panic

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| Dec 27, 2017

thnx fr writing dis... it really helps n get rid of shouting n panic

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| Dec 27, 2017

thnx fr writing dis... it really helps n get rid of shouting n panic

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| Dec 27, 2017

thnx fr writing dis... it really helps n get rid of shouting n panic

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| Oct 19, 2017

Thanku for writing this.. it is very helpful

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| Oct 10, 2017

thanks very supportive blog.

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| Oct 05, 2017

Thank you so much..

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| Oct 05, 2017

Thank you so much..

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| Oct 05, 2017

Thank you so much..

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| Oct 02, 2017

good one

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| Oct 02, 2017

kmm

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| Oct 02, 2017

Very useful thankyou very much

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| Oct 02, 2017

Thnk uuu really a very useful tips

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| Aug 13, 2017

thankq so much it's very helpful to all moms.

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| Jul 20, 2017

good article thank u

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| Jun 13, 2017

good suggestion thank u

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| May 25, 2017

Thanks for the very useful tips

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| May 21, 2017

my baby is 9 months old but she is not crawling so what I can do

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| May 21, 2017

good guidance for all mom's. thanq

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| May 21, 2017

thank u for sharinf your experience. it will be really helpful.

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| May 21, 2017

very well explained!!!!

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| May 21, 2017

Really helpful, thanks! babies are naughty.

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| May 21, 2017

Very nice

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| May 21, 2017

beautiful ...

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| May 21, 2017

very useful

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| May 21, 2017

thank you. I really needed this as my baby keep falling often and most of the time he gets a bump on his head which worries me a lot

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| May 21, 2017

very useful information....

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| May 20, 2017

nice information

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| May 17, 2017

thank you.. its really very effective...

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| May 17, 2017

Thank u for ur suggesstion.... but we can do one thing if put our baby down atleast play time

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| May 17, 2017

useful information. Thank you so much for sharing

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| May 17, 2017

thank you mam

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| May 16, 2017

nice blog

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| May 16, 2017

thanks 4 sharing....

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| May 16, 2017

well written nd very informative....

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| May 16, 2017

Thanks for sharing this info :-)

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| May 16, 2017

very nice and useful info

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| Mar 05, 2017

thank u for the info

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| Mar 03, 2017

thankyou for sharing

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| Feb 27, 2017

Thanks a lot for sharing such an informative blog

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| Feb 25, 2017

nice blog

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| Feb 24, 2017

very informative blog .. thank u for sharing it.

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| Feb 24, 2017

thanks for sharing... very helpful...

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| Feb 24, 2017

good thing u shared. exactly all moms usually faces that which can hurt us more..

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| Feb 24, 2017

U made me alert :) Thank you. My baby completed 5 months today. lovely blog... very specific!!

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| Feb 24, 2017

thanks for d needy information

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| Feb 24, 2017

thnks fr sharing

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| Feb 24, 2017

very helpful thank u...

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| Feb 24, 2017

Thnq fr ds tip

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| Feb 24, 2017

thank you for sharing useful information

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| Sep 12, 2016

very informative thanks

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| Sep 11, 2016

Very informative blog... Thanks..

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| Sep 10, 2016

Very useful information. Thank you so much for the guidance and tips....

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| Sep 10, 2016

Very Informative blog !! Keep it up

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| Sep 10, 2016

Thanx it. ,'s really helpful

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| Sep 02, 2016

Very informative.. Thank you

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| Aug 06, 2016

informative... I really needed these tips.. Thanks..

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| Aug 06, 2016

very informative

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| Aug 06, 2016

very nice topic dear

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| Aug 06, 2016

even my baby fall once and i tried not to get panic and make her feel warm and comfrtable.

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| Aug 06, 2016

thanks alot for this important information..

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| Aug 06, 2016

Nice tips. Thanks 4 d sharing

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| Aug 06, 2016

Very True

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| Aug 06, 2016

excellent information & thank you☺

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| Aug 06, 2016

very informative piece of work..

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| Aug 06, 2016

nice blog for all mums

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| Apr 26, 2016

Thnx a lott ffor d guidance. it wil really help me .☺

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| Apr 26, 2016

This information is really helpful for all parents.

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| Apr 15, 2016

Wow very well written

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| Apr 14, 2016

True... nobody has been able to ace tee role of being a mom. All of us are learning and still trying!

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| Apr 13, 2016

Wow, useful blog cuz previous day my cuppy cake fall from cot , without doubt she is okay but I couldn't get over Dat fa being careless dis blog got me out from Dat bad mom haunting thanks a ton for dat much useful info i ll doubly cautious.......

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| Apr 13, 2016

Thank you so much for such a wonderful blog really so helpful for me.......

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| Apr 13, 2016

Just now my baby of 5months old fall from bed wen I went take her nappy. She cryed lot according there is no injury. But I am scared . after 5mins of cry she went to sleep. I am scared can u guide me

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| Feb 02, 2016

Thank you very much especially for the bad mom comment

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| Jan 01, 2016

Thank you so much. Very informative article.

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| Dec 29, 2015

Thank u so much... This is very informative..

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| Dec 01, 2015

Very informative one....

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| 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

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| 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.

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| 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. :)

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| Nov 28, 2015

Very well written.

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| Nov 28, 2015

Thanks for sharing your experience. i am a new mom of two month baby and is learning a lot from fellow moms

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| Nov 28, 2015

Thanks fr sharing such a valuable experience. nw its my tym to be concerned bcoz my baby z just stepping to this stage.

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| Nov 28, 2015

Thanks a lot for this blog... As yesterday only my 7 month baby falls down from bed... Thanks to God there is no internal or external injuries. He is taking feed normally and sleep well too :)

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| Nov 15, 2015

All the best Bisananya .. Keep safe

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| Nov 15, 2015

Thanx Lakshmi and Jaya for giving it a read

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| Nov 11, 2015

thanks for sharing

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| Nov 09, 2015

Just in time article , when my child has been falling down quite often as she runs around

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| Oct 30, 2015

Great article n very helpful for newmom's

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| Oct 23, 2015

Take care Rhea .. It's a tricky stage .. Best of luck

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| Oct 23, 2015

Thnx for giving it a read Anshul..

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| Oct 22, 2015

Great article Lakshmi... Though I hope and wish I don't have to face any such situation in near future. My baby is 10 months old and is lately scaring me to death with her adventures.

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| Oct 22, 2015

Thanks . Great article ..

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| Oct 19, 2015

Thanx for giving it a read Anjali

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| Oct 16, 2015

very helpfull..... thanks for sharing

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| Oct 16, 2015

Thnx Maria and totally agree with you .. Got so many responses where parents shared that being calm helped them greatly to think through when their baby fell ..

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| 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..

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| Oct 12, 2015

Glad you like it Angana

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| Oct 12, 2015

Thanks for the informations,they are very helpful

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| Oct 08, 2015

You are welcome Biny ! Thnx for giving it a read

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| Oct 08, 2015

Thanks alot for sharing and penning down your experience:)

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| Oct 08, 2015

Priyanka if your baby is playful and is feeding and acting normal you have nothing to worry .. Still if you have doubt visit your pead and get a check up .. All the best !

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| Oct 08, 2015

Sneha and Kanika thank you for giving the blog a read :)

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| Oct 08, 2015

Very useful tips thanks mam for sharing wid us

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| 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?

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| Oct 08, 2015

Thank u for ur suggestion.

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| Oct 07, 2015

Sonu a mom's instinct is the best guardian angel for any child .. Hope your lo has recovered well ..

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| Oct 07, 2015

Thnx for giving it a read Shital :)

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| Oct 07, 2015

Swati.. That's great input .. I remember my mom shoving anything sweet and of course applying ice whenever I used to have a cut on my face / mouth ..

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| 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.

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| Oct 06, 2015

Really very useful... Thanks for sharing...

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| Oct 06, 2015

Also check for baby's mouth for cuts specially if teething is in progress. Best solution I have learnt to stop bleeding from lips is to give around 10 to 15 sugar crystals to kid to nibble on. It helps to stop bleeding and calms the kid as well.

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| Oct 05, 2015

Wow Farida .. It must have taken a lot of courage indeed !! Lots of big hugs to your lo

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| 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

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