3 Safety Tips to Prevent Nighttime Childhood Injuries

As a parent your work is never done. One of the most important aspects of your job involves making sure your child remains as safe as possible at all times, and that includes during the night. While childhood injuries and accidents are more likely to occur during the daylight hours there are still plenty of threats you need to concern yourself with during the night time. Here are some of the most likely sources of nighttime childhood injury, and what you can do to protect against them.

1. Your Child’s Bed
The first place you should secure when taking care of your child’s nighttime safety is naturally their bed. After all, your child spends most of the night in their bed, making it the most common place where they could get injured.

Most bed injuries are actually falling injuries. These occur when your child rolls in their sleep and moves off the edge of their bed, falling to the floor. Obviously the severity of these injuries depends on just how high up your child’s bed is, and what part of their body takes the majority of the impact. If your child falls and lands on their head or neck than they can suffer from incredibly severe injuries, even if they only fall a short distance. If your child’s bed is high up, such as a bunk bed, then any fall can injury them seriously.

The best way to protect your child from falling injuries while they sleep is to make sure their bed has a railing on all sides. If your child’s bed is pressed against a wall or pushed tightly into the corner than you only need railings on the exposed sides. Most taller beds, especially bunk beds, are likely to come with rails built into their frames.

Childhood InjuriesWhether you install the railings yourself, or if your bed comes with them preinstalled, you need to regularly check and make sure they are always tight and firmly attached.

2. Injuries Due to Darkness

The second most common set of nighttime injuries for your child occur due to darkness. These include injuries where your child knocks into walls or furniture (which results in bruises and cuts) or even worse- when your child falls down stairs that they are unable to see.

Making sure your child has a functioning nightlight in their room at all times is a good way to prevent minor injuries when they move around their bedroom is a good idea, but it’s even wiser to give them a flashlight that they can bring with them as they get up to go to the bathroom or walk throughout the rest of your home. Including small lights around the bottom of your home’s walls (especially around edges and staircases) is also a great idea.

3. Clean Rooms and Clean Houses

Keeping your home clean, and making sure your child keeps their room clean, is another important step you need to take to make sure you prevent nighttime injuries. While flashlights and nightlights will be enough to prevent your child from falling down stairs or bumping into sharp edges, they won’t be as big a help when it comes to random objects lying on the ground. Sharp objects, like plastic and metal toys, can cut your child’s feet. Heavy, blunt objects can result in stubbed toes, and cords can result in tripping.  The easiest way to avoid these accidents and injuries is to keep all the floors in your home as clean and clear as possible.
Childhood injuries, especially those ocurring at night are bound to happen no matter how careful parents are at home. While you won’t be able to be there to hold your child’s hand and protect them at night, implementing these safety tips will help ensure your child’s safety while you get some well deserved shut-eye.

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