As much as it may be very traumatizing to witness your child suffer a fall, especially when he's only a few months old, or you might just want to scream at the caregiver for allowing it to happen, you need to stay calm.
You can re-evaluate the situation later and come up with better solutions to prevent future mishaps. But first, here are some things to look out for when your baby/child suffers a fall.
Note that you should closely monitor your child within the next 72 hours.
Seek immediate medical attention:
What you can do to provide relief to your child right after the fall:
My children have had their fair share of falls and I had my fair share of fright, guilt, and blame. Nobody willed accidents to happen. It definitely doesn't help to blame the caregiver who was around at the time of the accident.
Sometimes out of anxiety and our care for our children, we want to point fingers at the caregiver who was present but didn't manage to stop the accident from happening.
I have learned that being the caregiver present is the most traumatizing because you witnessed how the child fell and didn't manage to react in time to save the child or simply couldn't.
Obviously, anybody would feel very terrible for being in that position, regardless of helper, grandparent or parent. So focus on the child's well being instead of who to blame.
When a child is injured, the adults around may have different opinions about what to do. Rush him to the Emergency Department? Wait and see?
I believe that the parents have full autonomy over their children even though this sometimes result in conflict with grandparents. But don't ever be afraid of overreacting when it comes to the safety of your child. If you feel something amiss, just bring your child to the doctor.
We'd always rather we have a peace of mind to know for certain our child is fine, isn't it?
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