Bumps and Bruises of Infants and Toddlers

Sally - posted on 08/26/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )




Hi Moms, Serious question that has been a concern to me.. How often does your infant/toddler get hurt. My son is 9 months old and it seems like he gets hurt all the time since hes turned six months and mobile. Of course I'm not talking about any serious injuries just some of the things that occur with children learning to walk, sit, and balance. I'm never more than an arms length away from my son. I play on the floor with him and hold him very often and it amazes me he still manages to get hurt. So am I just an over worried mom or does my little guy need a safety helmet. I read an article recently that said the average toddler gets hurt 36 times a day. Tell me your experience with bumps and bruises.


Jodi - posted on 08/26/2012




He'll be fine. You just need to make sure that anything that could be dangerous be removed from the area (i.e. don't leave stairs accessible, etc). Bumps and bruises are a normal part of development, and in actual fact, help them to learn to think through trial and error. If you try "bubble wrapping" him (protecting him from every bump and scrape), it eliminates the need for him to think about it, which can actually have the effect of not allowing the development of those connections in the brain. Allow him to have some bumps and scraps, learn through experience. As much as it may not seem like it, it really is an important part of their cognitive development.

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