It can happen in the blink of an eye, but is there anything you can you do to try to protect your children from a traumatic brain injury?
A US study found that a quarter of traumatic head injuries in babies under a year old were caused by falling from beds while floors were the second leading cause at 14 percent.
In children aged one to four years, 10 percent of traumatic head injuries were caused by beds, 10 percent by stairs and 10 percent by floors.
Rethink bunk beds
They may help save space in small rooms, but the researcher authors say that bunk beds are especially risky.
It’s obvious that the lower the bed, the less dangerous a fall would be.
Look at the floors
Take a step back and examine the floors in your home.
Look for areas that are uneven or where you should install a stair gate since stairs caused 10 percent of traumatic head injuries in one to four-year-old children.
No helmet, no ride
As children grew up and became more mobile, the leading causes of head injuries moved outside the home.
From age five- to nine-year-olds, floors were still the leading cause (six percent), but bicycle accidents came second at five percent.
With this in mind, make ‘no helmet, no ride’ a family rule.
“Simple measures such as removing trip hazards, using stair gates and guard rails, avoiding hard surface playgrounds and wearing helmets could help reduce the risk of injury, as well as adult education to ensure proper use of consumer products and adherence to safety guidelines,” says lead author Dr Bina Ali from the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation in the US.
Source: Taylor & Francis Group via www.sciencedaily.com
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