It’s the pram accidents that get most of the attention. Dramatic footage of prams rolling onto train tracks has made parents very aware of the importance of using the brakes.
But the general manager of Kidsafe Victoria, Jason Chambers, wants parents to realise that some of the worst injuries happen at home, when kids fall from change tables.
“They’re very high,” Chambers points out. “If a child rolls off a change table onto the floor at home, that’s when you are more likely to have the more severe injuries. Anything where a head injury is involved, there is the potential for that to be not just a short-term injury, but lifelong.”
Chambers says people might be surprised at how quickly an injury can happen.
“It might just take the parent turning around quickly to get the nappy. It only does take that split second for a child to be able to roll off.
“Because we use them so much, and they are designed for children to use, we might not immediately think that there’s a danger associated with them.”
Pram accidents send a lot of kids to hospital. Photo via iStock.