Falling 9 Month old :0(

Erin - posted on 02/06/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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So...is it bad if he is sitting up and falls backwards and hits his head on the floor. We have a rug down in our living room, but the floor underneath is hardwood. HE cries for like a minute and then goes back to doing what he does best..playing...
Can falling on your head to much do damage?? This might sound like a dumb question...I supervise him all the time but everyone keeps telling me that babies are gonna fall....and thats that...but it freaks me out..lol

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Jennifer - posted on 02/08/2010

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babies are going to fall, but if he is constantly hitting his head, that is not good. If he isn't crawling yet, put a body pillow around him when he is sitting up. That always worked great for my kids.

Ala Ala - posted on 02/07/2010

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i understand... my little boy used to do that a lot and mostly on purpose. what i did was i put a matress... not too thick, maybe a bout 2 inches thick. i had two of them so i spread it all over the area where he plays then i closed the area. it's like making a huge playpen. i put all his toys there and i join him there too when i am done with my chores. he learned how to walk there as well.

if you do this all you have to worry about is him hitting hte wall, but that doesn't happen as often as when they fall to the ground.

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Olivia - posted on 02/08/2010

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My son does that often. He gets too excited. It makes me nervous everytime and I do that sharp intake of breath but he ends up being fine. Little boys are notorious for hitting their heads.

Maura - posted on 02/08/2010

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In some circumstances it is good to have concern about this. Some babies and toddlers have much better balance and their mothers kinda have no idea what those of us with children who don't are talking about. My daughter fell backwards ALOT, even through 4 years old (ie, couldn't sit on a backless stool). She got concussions twice from falling backwards (aged 18 months and 3 1/2 or so). We have a very thin carpet over a cement floor. She would also fall forwards leaning to look (ie into a pool). Her head was a little big. By the way, many toddlers drown this way, with their head falling into a pail. My daughter is almost nine now and eventually caught up to the others, but I did have to watch her more than other mothers/kids. Not every kid is the same, and some annoying people just thought I was nervous or overprotective. I wasn't. I had good instincts and my daughter did not develop as quickly as others in this department. At nine months old she would not have been able to sit up for a long period without falling backwards, period. Their skulls and brains are vulnerable and very important. I would consider putting another throw rug under him, if that is possible. Also watch him when he's a toddler if he can lean forward without falling. Good luck.

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