Simple ways to prevent children from suffering head injuries around the home

Head injuries are among the most common types of injuries that children tend to suffer. They account for around 80 percent of pediatric trauma cases, according to the Institute for Orthopaedics and Neurosciences at Carilion Clinic. The severity of head injuries can vary greatly, ranging from a small bump to a debilitating traumatic brain injury (TBI).

While TBIs can occur in many different circumstances, such as when kids play sports or fall on the playground, recent research published in the Brain Injury journal pointed out that many incidents that need medical treatment tend to take place in the home. For instance, children can potentially sustain brain injuries due to fall hazards like loose wiring or uneven flooring.

The best way to protect your child from a TBI is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Although no child is injury proof, parents can take precautions to remove fall hazards at home by following some simple tips:

  • Ensure all area rugs are secured to the floor.
  • Install window guards to prevent falls out of open windows.
  • Use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs.
  • Keep stairs and floors clear of clutter.
  • Attach furniture to walls to prevent the risk of tipping.
  • Do not leave infants alone atop high places such as a bed or couch.
  • Make sure bunkbeds have secure railings.

Parents may do everything in their power to keep their children safe from head injuries at home. While they can monitor their home environment, they have no control over outside circumstances that may cause their child to suffer a TBI.

If your child has sustained a catastrophic brain injury due to the negligence of another party, you need a skilled brain injury lawyer. Contact Joyce & Reyes to learn how we can help you pursue compensation for your child’s injuries.