CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - "It's a huge, huge problem, and one of the leading reasons the kids present to the emergency room", says Pediatric Neurosurgeon Dr. Nick Wetjen.
Falls are the reason why half of all babies under the age of 1 get hurt.
"The most common ways that they are injured is either falling off of the counter in a baby carrier, rolling off a bed, rolling off a counter. The second is in those baby walkers that roll. They will get too close to the edge of the staircase, and they will roll down the staircase... The last one is playground injuries, falling off a jungle gym," Dr. Wetjen said.
There are some things caregivers can do to prevent an accident:
- Never put a child in a carrier on a counter. Always put them on the floor.
- Keep one hand on your child the entire time he or she is on the changing table, couch, or bed
- Make sure you have baby gates at the top and bottom of stairs.
- Strap children into shopping carts, and never leave them alone.
- Be sure playgrounds have soft protective mats. Avoid concrete, and only allow them on age appropriate equipment.
With a little bit of prevention, kids can be kids.