Baby Accidents | Baby Care Basics | Parents

Baby Accidents | Baby Care Basics | Parents


Even if your house is baby- proofed from floor
to ceiling, at some point, your curious little one will get hurt. It’s just part of growing
up. And when that happens, my biggest piece of advice is stay calm. One of the most common
baby accidents is a head bump from a fall. If your baby loses consciousness, call an
ambulance. Otherwise, wrap an ice pack in a cloth and hold it on the bump, and watch
her like a hawk for the next 24 hours. Call your doctor if she starts vomiting, won’t
stop crying, seems lethargic or excessively sleepy, if her pupils change, or if she simply
isn’t acting like herself. If you’re unsure, call your doctor. Burns or scalds can also
happen. Run cool water over the area until the pain subsides. Don’t put anything else
on it unless your doctor instructs you to do so. Call your doctor if the burn covers
a large area, is on the face, hands, feet, genitals, or if it starts to blister. With
any eye trauma, hold a cool, wet cloth over the area. Head to the ER if your baby seems
in pain, seems bothered by light, or if her eyes won’t stop tearing. If you think your
baby has ingested a poisonous substance, immediately call Poison Control, at 800- 222- 1222. Post
this number on your refrigerator and store it in your phone. There are many other types
of accidents, of course. If you’re not sure what to do, just call your doctor. That what
we’re here for.

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