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How can I help prevent my child from getting injured from falling?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
While you're not going to be able to prevent every fall, there are some basic preventive strategies you can take to minimize the chances of serious injury. When your child graduates to a big-kid bed, put rails on the sides so she doesn't roll out; put gates on the stairs as soon as she's mobile; install window guards; and be vigilant about making your child wear a helmet anytime she's biking, blading, scootering, skating, skiing, boarding, etc. If you get her in the habit early, it will become second nature. A helmet can be a fashion statement, so let him pick out his own! And be a model: Wear one yourself; remember, kids follow your actions.
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