Urgent warning to all parents taking their children to the playground this summer

PARENTS were urged to be careful with their little ones regarding height.

Often times, many playground equipment in parks or even play centers are much larger than your child.

Experts have warned that children who fall from heights need medical attention - even if they appear to be fine

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Experts have warned that children who fall from heights need medical attention – even if they appear to be finePhoto credit: Getty
A mother revealed her little girl sustained an injury after falling off a changing table

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A mother revealed her little girl sustained an injury after falling off a changing tablePhoto credit: Instagram / Tiny Hearts Education

This also applies to changing tables and dining room chairs.

Experts have said that height difference is something all parents need to watch out for this summer.

Nikki Jurcutz, former paramedic and CEO of Tiny Hearts Education, said it’s important to watch out for falls and headbutts.

She explained: “If your child has fallen from a height twice their height, they need immediate medical attention.

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“Even if they look perfectly fine. Even if they looked like they didn’t land that hard. Even if it was an accident.”

Nikki added that signs and symptoms like bumps or dizziness don’t usually appear immediately after your little one has fallen.

“A fall from a height twice the height of a child puts you at risk of moderate to serious head injury,” she added.

If your child has sustained a moderate to severe head injury, you must call an ambulance immediately.

Her warning comes after a mother wrote to the experts after her little girl was injured.

The six-month-old had not played, but laid it on a changing table.

The mother said she changed her baby girl’s diaper and the towels were positioned behind her.

“She hadn’t started to roll yet without help or much speed, but when I turned to get a cloth, she rolled off the table onto the marble floor and landed off her side.

“I picked her up and my mother-in-law drove us five minutes away straight to the hospital,” she added.

When the little girl fell, the mother remembered the advice of the Tiny Hearts team.

What to do if your child is injured?

The NHS says it can be difficult to know when to call an ambulance and when to take your child to the Accident and Emergency (A&E) department.

Official guidelines say you should call NHS 111 if you are concerned about your child and unsure if they need medical attention.

If you are unsure about moving your child, make sure they are warm and call an ambulance.

You must bring them to A&E if:

  • You have a leg or arm injury and cannot use the Limn
  • Swallowed poison or pills

You must call an ambulance if:

  • they stop breathing
  • struggle for breath
  • unconsciously
  • don’t know what’s going on
  • has a cut that won’t stop bleeding
  • won’t wake up
  • is having a seizure for the first time – even though she’s recovering

She added: “In the car she closed her eyes and fell asleep, I kept her awake until we got to the ED (emergency room).

“They admitted us for two hours to be monitored, but the resident had not felt the impact site and I noticed that a cephalohematoma was emerging.”

A cephalohematoma is a collection of blood under the scalp, usually the result of minor trauma.

The concerned mother then advised a nurse, who agreed to scan her daughter’s head.

At that time, the medics found a 5 cm fracture, but fortunately no bleeding or obvious brain damage.

The mother added: “I had happened to see a lecture on pediatric trauma the day before that suggested that a cephalohematoma is a fracture until proven otherwise.

“I’m so glad I was empowered to speak up for my child,” she said.

https://www.the-sun.com/health/5897500/urgent-warning-parents-kids-fall-playground/ Urgent warning to all parents taking their children to the playground this summer

Sarah Y. Kim

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