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Falls and Children

Selecting a professional in a personal injury matter is a very important decision. As physicians who are specifically familiar with the management of accidental injuries, Centers For Neurology can treat your injuries and refer you to the best personal injury lawyers in Florida.

Our children are our most priced possessions. If your child has suffered injuries from a fall, you want to provide the most immediate and best treatment for them.

Injuries from hard falls must be given immediate medical attention because of the possibility of broken or chipped bones. Many falls may include trauma to the spine which may impair normal body motion that can continue over years. Injuries of this type often result in chronic back pain and headaches.

The SHCC Centers for Neurology and Pain Management have provided over 20 years of proven treatment for patients with injuries from falls. We offer a team approach that includes neurology, neuropsychology, chiropractic, physical and massage therapies that fit the precise need of each patient. After evaluation, a comprehensive treatment plan will be implemented to relieve the pain and avoid long-term disabilities.

In order to provide our patients with the best treatment possible, we also offer advice on how to avoid injuries in the first place. We list below ways to prevent the injuries and risks of falling where your child is involved. Please take a moment to read over these and protect your infant before the injuries happen.

Falls involving babies, infants, and children

You can protect your child from accidental falling injuries by considering some everyday hazards and safeguarding against them. Inside the home, children can fall from stairs, windows or furniture. Outside the home are other sources or risk - shopping carts, playground equipment and more.

Follow these guidelines to protect your child from falls:

  • Look for playgrounds with soft surfaces to cushion your child if he or she falls, Examples of soft surfaces include wood chips, bark mulch, wood fibers, sand, pea gravel, shredded tires and rubber mats. Try to avoid concrete, asphalt and dirt surfaces. Under certain weather conditions, even sod may be too hard.
  • Keep chairs and other furniture in your home away from windows.
  • Make sure your windows are closed and locked when children are around.
  • Get bars or window guards for your windows if you live in a tall building. Don't depend on window screens to keep your child from falling out of a window.
    Secure throw rugs to the floor with a piece of foam carpet backing, double-sided tape or a rubber pad.
  • Keep your stairways clear of clutter to prevent your child from tripping.
  • Use safety gates to keep toddlers away from stairs. Be sure to attach the gate to the wall if you're using one at the top of a staircase.
  • Use safety belts to keep your child from falling from shopping carts.
  • Stay close to the cart while you shop.
  • Babies and infants can be wiggly and roll around easily; toddlers and small children can climb their way into trouble. Protect your children from falls by paying special attention to windows, cribs and beds, different areas of the house, and outdoor playgrounds.


Walkers

  • Babies in walkers can roll down stairs, fall over objects, and roll into hot stoves, pools, and heaters.
  • Walkers may give a baby the momentum needed to break through a gate, sometimes resulting in head and neck injuries.


Windows

  • Install safety bars on upper-story windows. These bars must be childproof but easy for adults to open in case of fire.
  • If you don't have safety bars on your windows, close and lock windows when children are present. For ventilations, open windows from the top, and provide adult supervision.
  • Keep furniture away from windows to prevent children from climbing onto sills.
  • Don't rely on window screens to keep children from falling out of windows.


Cribs and Beds

  • Keep side rails up on cribs
  • Never leave a baby unattended on a changing table or bed. When choosing a changing table, opt for one with 2-inch guardrails.
  • Always secure safety belts on changing tables, strollers, carriages, and high chairs. Be sure to strap a small child securely into the seat of a supermarket shopping cart.

If your child has experienced an injury from a fall call our centers today. Their injury will be evaluated promptly. The SHCC Centers for Neurology and Pain Management are open six days a week, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, by appointment only. We are conveniently located in five areas in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Call today for an appointment with one of our specialists toll free 866-426-3876.