It is not uncommon for young children to fall out of bed, especially babies who are over 4 months old and have already become mobile. Parents are usually very frightened when this happens to a small child. Some babies will cry loudly when they fall out of bed, but then they will quickly cheer up and will soon return to their usual high spirits. In such cases, there is no need to worry. If this does happen to your child and then they have any of the following symptoms, take them to see a doctor immediately:
If your child has symptoms of swelling, bruising, or a bump on the head, with crying then sudden pauses, apply a cold compress to the area of the swelling. Observe the symptoms for a period of 24-48 hours, and if there are no further symptoms after 24 hours, apply a warm compress to the same area. If there are further symptoms after 24 hours, however, such as excessive and unusual crying, vomiting, drowsiness, or if your child spits up, take your child to see a doctor immediately.
If you wish to give your child painkillers, use paracetamol, as this is safer for them than other types of painkillers. However, if after taking painkillers your child is still crying and still in pain, and their condition is not improving, take them to see a doctor immediately.
Many parents may think that their child is unlikely to fall out of bed, but this type of accident is more common than you might think. As a parent, you only need to be complacent for a split second. If your child falls out of bed, the complications can be serious. So to prevent your child from being caught up in an accident, never let them out of sight or leave them alone, and always use a suitable bed. Accidents cannot be foreseen, but they can be prevented.