I've read baby proofing your home is important with toddlers, but I think you can only "baby proof" your home so much. Yes we've moved chemicals, breakables, sharp objects, etc. out of their reach. However, just last night Laura was sitting in on the couch, she swung herself backwards and hit her head off the arm of the couch, which happens to be wood. I am sure baby proofing your home, doesn't mean purchasing new padded furniture, padding your walls, etc., some falls are just unavoidable.
Because falls are inevitable and occurring on a daily basis in this house. I've compiled a small checklist of symptoms I watch the twins for after a fall.
Keep in mind I continue to watch the twins for at least 24 to 48 hours depending on the severity of the fall.
- Tiring easily, appearing lethargic.
- Change in behavior, irritability, crankiness.
- Change in eating patterns.
- Difference in breathing pattern
- Loss of balance, clumsiness, unsteady walking.
Concussions can be difficult to detect in toddlers because they can't communicate as well as an older child or adult. The above is only a small checklist, there are several other symptoms which can be due to a concussion. If you are unsure if your child has a concussion call your family doctor or proceed to your local emergency department or walk-in clinic.