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While falls and bumps can be expected as a young child learns to walk, some falls can result in serious injuries and can even be fatal. Preschoolers are prone to falling due to their curiosity, lack of judgement and/or immature motor skills.

Here are some pointers to help you prevent your child from falling:

1.  Beware of Heights

  • Do not leave babies alone on tables, sofas or beds. They may roll over and fall.
  • Arrange your furniture in such a way as to prevent your child from climbing to a higher level.  
  • Consider using bed guards to prevent your child from falling off the bed. Children below the age of seven should not sleep on double-decker beds.

​2. Watch Out for Slippery or Uneven Surfaces

  • Use a rubber pad in the bathtub to help prevent slipping.
  • Ensure that floors are free from grease, water or soap by wiping up spills immediately.
  • Use a play-pen instead of baby walkers, because babies could easily trip and topple over objects on the ground or fall down a flight of stairs.
  • Avoid highly polished floors. Toddlers may slip and fall. Do not let your children walk or run about with their socks on.
  • Use non-slip mats and rugs to prevent slipping.

​3. Other Precautions

  • Avoid using sarong cradles as it is not sturdy enough to prevent a baby from falling out and getting seriously hurt.
  • Install sturdy grilles on the windows if you live in a high-rise flat. Lock the grilles and keep the keys out of the reach of your child.
  • Do not allow children to play along the corridors of high-rise flats, as there are no safety grills to prevent falls.

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