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Baby Fell off Bed!!

I feel HORRIBLE. My 6 mo old baby rolled over and fell off our king bed today. The bedroom is carpeted but still... He cried something fierce for about 10 minutes but then seemed to be OK. Within 20 min, he was back to his happy self. He gave me QUITE a scare. I cried for over an hour, and 6 hrs later, I still get teary eyed when I think of it. I've been kissing and snuggling him all night b/c I feel so terrible. Has this happened to any of you? Will he be OK? He doesn't seem to be hurt but I can't be sure how hard he hit his head. Would I be overreacting if I took him to get checked(my boyfriend think I am)? Seeking reassurance. :(

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Your responses made me feel SO much better!! I can't thank you enough. My little boy is doing just fine. 20 minutes after the fall, he was laughing at his papa's funny faces. No bumps or bruises,thank goodness! I think it hurt me more than it hurt him. Thanks again!! :)

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It's happened to us twice. My daughter was born March 17 2006. Are kids are almost the same age. It happened both times to my husband. I was really freak out about it. But I know she was ok. It just worries you. Have you got got responses from any mom with kids are ages? I work full time but I also don't know many mom with kids my daughter age.

when my youngest was 4-5 mos. old she fell off the bed and aquired a small cut over her eye brow.As I panic,my 4 year old came running in screaming "My baby" and jumped back and hit her head on the dresser. We all laugh about it to this day.They are now 10 & 14 and are straight A students and are extremely smart.No worries it happens.

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The first time it happened to me I was a wreck. But realized quickly that my son was more resiliant than I imagined. Just as long as he is not throwing up, feverish, or anything unusual to his character. Then he should be fine.

Oh and by the way... this is the first of MANY MANY MANY bumps on the head, get used to it. My son fell off a playground jungle gym yesterday. At least 3 feet. He is fine.

S.

I completely understand. When my daughter was about the same age, I was visiting my moms and my baby was on her bed napping. I put pillows around her so she would not fall off the bed. Well she woke and I did not hear her, she managed to climb over the pillows and fell off my mom's high bed hitting her head on the bedside table on the way down. I cried right along with her and felt terrible. She is now 12, stays on the honor roll and has been nothing but pure joy. Though she has asthma, has broken her arm, strained a foot enough for a boot for 2 months, got metal in her eye, in a minor car accident with her grandfather, in a car accident with me on the tollway 2 years ago, and numerous other minor injuries, she is fine and I just know whatever the next sport or activity is, there is a chance of injury.

Like the others said, your sweet baby is probably fine but if you need that reassurance, call the doc. Most babies fall off a bed, sofa or something. Good luck and enjoy him.

Man, I feel your pain....no falls off the bed, but I accidently hit her head on a low light in the breakfast nook...left a little bump, felt like a BAD MOM! Also, I fell out of the crib many times and I am fine...well, somewhat..LOL

I have heard of many babies having that kind of an accident and it being no big deal.....

~Take care

Hi There,
Well i can honestly say that i did and reacted the same way when my daughter fell off the bed. It comes with trail and error,lol :)....Your son will be fine and he probably doesnt even remember the fall.. Its ok to feel a lil bad but dont be to hard on yourself it happens to most if not all of us.. Remember your a great parent.. and reguardless of the errors we make our kids still love us..

It has happened to us all, I know the feeling because it happened to me, but don't beat yourself up it was an accident and he is fine :) Good Luck in the future...

Let me think -- is there a tall piece of furniture in my house my 23mo HASN'T fallen off of? :-) She rolled off the very-tall master bed more than once and usually landed square on her head. She rolled and/or bounced off the couch more than once, and at least once hit her face on the coffee table. She fell out of her crib once and landed square on her head. I guess that leaves plenty of furniture, but my point is, don't worry, it happens -- and it happens before you can stop it, to every caregiver. Like others said, call your pedi if you're still worried. They'll tell you what signs of concussion to look for, but I'm sure he's fine. They seem to be very, very elastic at this age, and I'm sure this is exactly why.

Girl, I can top that one. When my little boy was about that age, we were at a check up at the doctor's office. I turned around for a split second to get a fresh diaper out of his bag and he fell of the doctor's table. Now that was a fall!! He fell onto the hard floor too. I felt like the worst mom ever!! They looked him over but what they were looking for was any bumps or bruising. There were none (thank God!). He was fine and I had my first encounter or what I have coming for the rest of my life. I am sure that you little one is fine. If you see any bumps or bruises come up, I would have those checked maybe but if not, welcome to the world of raising boys!

Bless your heart! I know you felt awful, but it happens and will most likely happen again. The signs to look for in children ages 3 and under who sustain an injury to their head is vomiting, dizziness and wanting to sleep often. After any head injury, it's best to keep the child up for at least a couple of hours afterward if you can. But your baby sounds fine. If you are still worrying and just want to put your mind at ease, call the doctor. (no matter what your fiance says) :)

When my baby girl was about 5 months she fell off the couch and I felt horrible. I was sitting right there when it happened. Then the next day while my husband was watching her she fell off the bed. We felt like the worst parents in the world. But she was fine and she still is, and so will your baby boy. Good luck and try not to worry too much.

It's happened to us twice. My daughter was born March 17 2006. Are kids are almost the same age. It happened both times to my husband. I was really freak out about it. But I know she was ok. It just worries you. Have you got got responses from any mom with kids are ages? I work full time but I also don't know many mom with kids my daughter age.

Both of mine have tumbled off the bed before. Made me feel horrible! If he was ok by the time you posted your message, he should be fine. I think most of the crying is because it scared them more so than it hurt them. Of course, call your pediatrician's office if you're still worried.

It's happened to me, too. Don't worry yourself to death. We make mistakes in order to learn from them.

My DD has fallen off of our bed 4 times, once she didn't even wake up. The most recent was last night (after a few months of nothing) and after about 5 mins. of crying, she was right back to sleep. I did wake her up about 10 mins. later to see if she would wake up easily and to check her pupils, and everything was fine. Our pedi said this to me awhile ago....babies bounce - they are tough and unless they are starting to run a fever, vomit/throw up, stare off, pupils are dialated, then not to worry, just keep a eye on them unless something listed above is happening. It is scarry & I fell bad every time it happens, but our daughter is perfectly fine. Hope this helps and HUGS!!!

M.

when my youngest was 4-5 mos. old she fell off the bed and aquired a small cut over her eye brow.As I panic,my 4 year old came running in screaming "My baby" and jumped back and hit her head on the dresser. We all laugh about it to this day.They are now 10 & 14 and are straight A students and are extremely smart.No worries it happens.

Hi A.!

You are a great mom to worry, but don't! It is all for naught! This happened to me more than once already and my 3 year old now is just great! Boys are like this anyway, but you do feel horrible and it was just an accident!! If you don't notice any outwards signs of anything, he is ok.

This happened to me once at a hotel room where we were staying (while traveling to visit family) and he has also fallen off of our couch here at home....so it might happen again, just check him out thoroughly and again check to make sure he is acting ok....

Take care!

Gladys

You are a great mommy just for worrying so much! This happened to our daughter, just she fell from our couch when she was 3 months or so. I freaked, took her to the doctor who said she was fine and that I needed to relax. He went on to explain that this happens to a LOT of parents. You can talk to your ped if it makes you feel better, it did it for me. Hugs to you!!!
C.

Mine did too.... and I was pretty freaked out by the whole thing -- just like you -- but then you realize they aren't as fragile as we make them out to be... and we want to think they are. :) I had a shaker style queen bed that required a little stepladder to get up in and my son rolled out of it.. how I have no idea but he did and boy did I feel like a louse! Mine fell on carpet too.... as soon as I realized there weren't any major repercussions, I was okay... made me more aware of where he was put down but I guess we all have to learn in our own way. Hey... here is something to make you feel like you don't deserve the bad mom of the week award... at least youre not one of those "tree" people.. you know the ones that live in "tribes" in the rainforest and jungle in treehouses 50+ feet in the air and have to worry about your kid falling out of the house! :) lol... ok... so it's a stretch but I hope it still made you smile!

I was going to tell you my story, but see that many people have done the same...No matter how good a Mom you are, falls, bumps, etc...will happen.

It's natural to be worried, but if your baby's acting normal he's most likely o.k. Most pediatricians offices have nurse lines where you can call in and ask questions. If you are still nervous, perhaps you can call in and ask them what to look for. That way you don't have to make the trip in to the Dr's office, but still get good advice.

Good luck.

K.

Just remember, your baby doeesn't know how to communicate so rather than being scared and telling you, that is their way of screaming "OMG! WHAT JUST HAPPENED!!" LOL Trust me ... I am one of those parents that can say "been there ... done that!!" My son was sleeping with me at my mil's (we were taking a nap) and he was 6 months old and fell from the bed. He landed in between the bed and nightstand and screamed so loud I still to this day think the neighbors thought I was beating him. To make a long story short ... his ear was bruised .. so for a week I had a constant reminder of what happened, but trust me ... he has had worse falls since ... and they never get easy! Hang in there .. you are a wonderful mommy!

Don't feel so guilty. It's not like you left your baby in the car in the summer heat. This was an ACCIDENT.

When my first born was a baby I was carrying her out to the car and tripped on something. She did a backwards summersault onto the pavement. I just knew she would have a brain injury. I took her immediately to the pediatrician's office and she hardly had a scratch.

Then, when my youngest was an infant my husband placed her next to me in our tall bed and then walked away assuming I was watching her. She rolled over and fell down onto the hardwood floor. I just knew it was serious. I called 911 and they got here within 5 minutes, as they're right up the street. They checked her out and she was absolutely fine. The EMT said they get calls like this frequently and these baby's are resilient.

We learn from our mistakes. My son fell off our bed when he was about the same age or a little younger. I felt so bad and thought I was a bad mom until talking to some friends and realized it had happened to most of them as well.

Our daughter fell off the bed too - TWICE! Once on my husband's watch and once on mine. I felt awful too - especially the second time. But now, 3 years later, we laugh about it. Your little one will have many bumps and bruises along the way - it's just part of life.

-E.

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