Believe it or not, it can happen to anybody. In fact, babies falling off beds is the leading cause of injuries for children. You happen to have your baby laying on your bed — away from the edge, no less. You turn around for just a few seconds and then… your baby fell off the bed. What do you do? First off, you’ll need to keep from panicking, as difficult as that may be. Taking a deep breath and making some initial observations is a vital step to ensure your baby gets the right help. Additionally, we have some advice for you to follow in case this unfortunate accident happens to your child.
Remain calm and gauge the situation
The first step poses a challenge to any parent’s natural instinct to want to pick up their child. However, according to the Cleveland Clinic, one of the most important pieces of advice for what to do if a baby falls off the bed is to not pick them up. In fact, moving your child could make things worse if they sustained a head or neck injury as a result of the fall. Therefore, unless your child is at risk for further injury, you should not move him or her.
At the same time, if your baby fell off the bed and immediately goes into a seizure or starts vomiting, gently roll the child onto their side to avoid choking. Make sure the neck stays completely straight.
Likewise, if your baby is unconscious, then you should call 911 right away. Also, if your baby struggles to stay awake or appears limp after the fall, call 911. If the fall resulted in an open wound, then you should apply gentle pressure and check for any bruising.
Call the doctor immediately
As for the bleeding, bruising, or a bump on the head that’s previously mentioned, you can call the doctor to find out what to do next to administer first aid.
In fact, anytime a fall occurs, especially for a young infant, you should call your doctor no matter what. They may ask you to bring your baby into the office that very same day or go to the emergency room, regardless of the appearance and/or seriousness of the injuries. In this situation, it’s better to play it safe.
Along with the check-up, the doctor will advise you on how to control your baby’s pain level and recommend an over-the-counter medication like the infant formula of acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
Aside from the loss of consciousness and vomiting, according to Healthline, you should call 911 if you see any of the following symptoms:
- Bleeding out of the nose and ears
- Swelling of the soft spot
- Any other bruising or swelling on the head or around the eyes or ears
- Sensitive to noise (even white noise) and light
- Dilated pupils or one pupil being bigger than the other
- Inability to stay awake regardless of the time of day
Any of these signs indicate a fracture or a serious internal injury.
Keep a close watch
As far as what to do after your baby fell off the bed but sustained no serious injuries, you’ll need to keep a close watch on behavior and other symptoms. After such an incident, babies tend to get rather sleepy and will want to rest more than usual. Therefore, your doctor might advise you to wake your baby up periodically to check for signs of a concussion and to make sure their condition is not getting worse.
When waking your baby, you’ll need to check for the following:
- If they awaken easily
- If they recognize you
- If breathing is normal
If you see these signs, then all should be well within a few days. However, if you notice something out of the ordinary or one or more of these signs are not occurring, then call 911 or your family doctor immediately.
You take all the safety measures to ensure your baby’s well-being, but there are times when accidents do happen. Staying calm and collected is the most important thing to do if your baby fell off the bed. Another crucial fact to remember is that if you decide to call emergency medical services, your doctor, or you decide to go to the ER immediately, no one will fault you for taking an abundance of caution. It’s always better to make sure your baby is ok.
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