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Dear Marianne:
I keep reading about "tummy time" for infant play. What is that?
Rachel, Greenville, SC, Mom of Robert (2 weeks)


Preventing a Fall, Protecting Your Child

Did you know that falls are the leading cause of injury among children? It’s a surprising fact to many people who aren’t aware of just how many different ways children are injured from falls. Each year, more than 100 children ages 14 and under die and another 2.5 million are treated in emergency rooms for fall-related injuries. These injuries occur inside the home, where parents often think their child is the safest, as well as outdoors when their children are at play.

Children are more likely to die or be severely injured from window-related falls than falls associated with any other product. Contrary to popular belief, window screens are only designed to keep bugs out, not to keep children in. Window screens can easily give way to the weight of a child, and to a curious unsuspecting child, an open window is an open invitation for a fall. To prevent falls from windows, as well as other areas of the home, the National SAFE KIDS Campaign recommends the following guidelines to parents and caregivers:

Move chairs, cribs, beds and other furniture away from windows and draperies. Remember that children can fall from windows opened as little as five inches.

Install window guards on all windows in your home. Be sure that these guards meet ASTM standards for emergency egress in the event of a fire. Never rely on window screens to prevent falls.

Never let children play on fire escapes, high porches, balconies or stairs.

Use safety gates at both the top and bottom of stairs. Stairs are particularly dangerous, and falls from stairs tend to result in more severe injuries.

Keep hallways and stairs well-lit and clear of clutter.

Never use baby walkers on wheels. Use stationary activity centers or walker alternatives.

For further information, please visit the National SAFE KIDS Campaign's website at:

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