Monday, June 21, 2010

Falling out of bed!

Last night while trying to watch a video after the kids were in bed, my husband and I heard a loud "thump" and looked at each other.     It sounded like a fall, so I rushed into my toddler's room.  Sure enough, she was laying on the floor.  How did she end up there when there is a rail?  The next hour or so took a lot between my husband and I taking turns trying to calm her down.  After the first few minutes, we determined that she was not seriously injured only scared and upset and very very tired.  At the end of it all, we got the futon and laid it on the ground of our room and I laid next to her until she fell asleep.  This morning, she seemed to have no recollection of the whole event.  Hopefully, I did not start a bad sleep habit that I have to now try to break...

So that was the second time she fell out of bed while sleeping!  The first time, we were in a hotel room and she was sleeping on a double bed with no rails.  Maybe we'll have to look into bed side rails or something...

So when to call the doctor or go to the ER if your toddler falls off the bed?  I say, when in doubt, call your doctor for that is what our urgent lines are for.  But in general...

  • Stay calm (kinda hard to do as a parent..)
  • Look for bruises, bumps, lumps, cuts, scrapes, deformities...
  • If there are bumps... ice!
  • If there is a cut... put pressure to stop bleeding...
More urgent signs would include things like
  • loss of consciousness
  • vomiting
  • altered mental status
  • loss of balance
  • prolonged crying
  • anything funny with the eyes
  • headache
  • anything funny with breathing, color
  • any funny twitching
When in doubt... I'd call your doc to be on the safe side.  

This toddler stage is such an active stage and we have a super active child... even when she sleeps!  Hopefully, no more falls from beds...