It’s Normal For A Child To Have Injuries
For every child’s development, there will be mistakes and also injuries. We cannot deny the curiosity of a child where they will explore their surroundings. Let’s think of kids as scientists, they’d love to see how and why things happen. Unfortunately, in the process of exploring, they are not aware of the consequences and risks that come with it.
When a child sustains an injury, it is difficult for them to express how they get hurt due to lack of verbal communication skills. Most of the time, they would not be able to explain what type of pain or discomfort they’re experiencing. You as a parent might be over cautious and protective – it might not be a good idea to constantly worry about getting your child to avoid all sorts of injuries. Those bruises, scrapes, bumps, minor bleeding and the falls are all parts of growing up.
Nonetheless, it is important for parents to know about the common toddler’s injuries and when to seek medical help for the same.
Common Child’s Injuries And Preventions
Toddlers usually fall even though they just learned how to walk. Even small kids fall from running and jumping when they’re playing. For toddlers, it is best to not leave them alone in a room. Use a baby gate to block the stairways at home and be aware of objects that would fall on your toddler at home.
Babies will start to touch and grab things as soon as they reach 5 months old. Do not carry your baby while holding hot items such as hot drinks or food. During bath times, adjust the water temperature so it’s not too hot.
Due to their explorative nature, babies will put any tiny object they find into their mouth. Remove all little items from the floor and table such as tiny toys, coins and other household items – read more about choking prevention here.
When To Seek Medical Attention From The Injuries
We at BabyOrganix highly recommend you or anyone caring for your child to have a medical kit at home. This means you’re prepared for injuries or accidents. Below is the guidelines on when a child’s injury might be more serious and it’s to see a doctor:
- having trouble breathing
- moving their limbs or walking after a fall
- swollen body part
- have a broken limb
- burns or redness around the mouth or lips
- in severe pain
- injured area looks crooked or has lumps and bumps
When in doubt, seek medical care for a child’s injury. It’s not easy to know when to get help if there’s no obvious trauma or if the symptoms don’t get in the way of resuming an activity. So follow your intuition!