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Children going through treatment can be at risk for falls, especially at certain times during treatment.
Falls can lead to injury and interfere with care. Falls, or fear of falling, can also create stress and worry for patients and families.
You can help keep your child safe by knowing their risk and working to prevent falls.
The risk of falls can increase in the hospital because of illness, procedures, medicines, and changes in environment and routine. Medical devices and equipment can interfere with movement or cause a patient to trip. Some patients may need to wear a special hospital bracelet if they have an increased risk of falls.
Ways to help prevent falls in the hospital include:
A wagon or wheelchair can help your child get around safely if they have trouble walking on their own or get tired easily.
Whether at home or in the hospital, there are some easy ways you can help your child prevent falls. These include:
Many falls at home can be prevented by taking simple actions:
If falls become a problem, talk to your health care team. Services such as physical therapy can help decrease your child's fall risk. Physical therapy can help strengthen muscles needed for balance and safe movement.
If you have questions about how to prevent falls at home or in the hospital, talk to your health care team.
Reviewed: August 2022