Does anyone else have an accident prone child?

Kathleen - posted on 10/26/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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In the past three months I've had to take my 22 month old to the ER 5 or 6 times. She's had two CAT Scans and a set of stitches. I had Department of Child and Familes pounding on my door the other night because she's been to the ER so much. They think I'm not keeping an eye on her, when in all actuality when the most serious injuries occured I was right there right out of arms length reach. The stitching incident she was in her father's care. I've tried everything short of putting her in a bubble to keep her "safe" and nothing works. Hell most of the time she gets hurt she's walking and playing, and it's not that she's not protected, she's just young and finds new ways to injure herself everyday it seems. And DCF made me feel like the shittiest mom in the world. Any advice? Anyone else have the same problem (as far as accident prone children go)?

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Cheyanna - posted on 11/05/2015

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My 14 month old son is like that. We didn't have to take him to the ER yet but, close to it. He fell when playing on cement and cut open his lip there was a LOT of blood. He trips over his own feet or even on thin air. He scares me sometimes.

Bridget - posted on 10/26/2009

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My oldest daughter is currently & has always been accident prone. The first time she went to the ER was at 5 months old when she climbed to the top of her crib & fell out. I was right in the room but couldn't catch her in time. She also had to go get stiches in her ankle because she knocked a plate off the table & it shattered & a piece flew up into her ankle. She's had 2 black eyes at once. She is also very light skinned (her veins show through her skin in some areas) so she bruises easily & is always covered in bruises on her legs & knees. She's just like me, she walks right into walls & trips over her own shadow. I've never had DCS asking questions but I do often worry that her teacher will see the bruises & either ask me or call DCS and it scares the hell out of me. Try not to let them make you feel like a bad mother. You have to understand their position too. They unfortunately deal with many parents who do not watch their kids & do you think those mothers just own up to it & admit that they neglect their children? Hope it all works out & there's no bubble purchase in the future! :-)

Kimberlee - posted on 10/30/2009

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Yep, I think he gets it from me...seriously. From falling off beds, to running into doors, anything.

Julie - posted on 10/29/2009

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emmas 2 n wen she was bout 1yr 6mths my friend steph was babysitting n went 2 make herself a cup of tea so emma bein emma (nosey!) lolx followed steph in2 the kitchen then on the way back fell in2 the open living room door n had 2 go 2 hospital n have her head glued n stitched but even wen shes in our care shes still mnaged 2 get bumps n bruises n we dont no where theyve cum frm its impossible 2 watch them 24/7 wivout wrappin them in cotton wool so 2 speak !! i bet ur a great mum as long as u no wots happenin n ur kid nos u love her she finks ur a great mum i bet ya n bet ya fam n frnds do 2 !! we had social services involved b4 2 jus make sure u keep doin the best u can 4 ur child n protect them but at the same time try n give them space 2 breathe n explore !!

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Kathleen - posted on 11/07/2009

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I have friends and family tell me all the time that I am such a wonderful mother. Sometimes though, it just seems like a lie. Lol. I mean she is constantly getting into EVERYthing, and it seems like no matter what I do, she doesn't wanna listen (which is a real kick to my pride). I've tried so many forms of discipline (and they all have worked in the past), but now nothing seems to work at all. Then those cocroaches showed up and made me feel lower than scumb. It's bad enough I doubt myself all the time, but then for the state to doubt me too, that sent me over the edge. And I'm goin to freak out all the time wondering if I'm parenting correctly, or are they going to show up and try to take her away. I hate that cycle. I want the case closed like months ago (even though it's only been open for about a month).

Latasha - posted on 10/29/2009

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MY 002 YR OL DS JUST WALKS INTO ANYTHING WALLS, DOORS, OPEN CLOSETS ANYTHING HE FALLS AT THE DROP OF A PIN TOP BUT I ALWAYS COMFORT HIM WHEN HE CRIES BUT LET HIM EXPLORES THE WORLD! IT DON'T MATER WAT PEOPLE SAY YOU KNOWS WATS GOING ON AND YOU THAT YOU LOVE YOUR KIDDO. SO LET THEM JUDGE BUT YOU DO NOT HAVE 002 LISTEN KEEPING LOVING HER AND LETTING HER EXPLORE THE WORLD! WORD OF ADVICE CHILDPROOF THE PLACE EXSPECIALLY SHARP POINTY TABLE EDGES AND SHARP THINGS LIKE THAT BUT OTHER THINGS ARE OUT OF YOUR CONTROLL!

Tracie - posted on 10/27/2009

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I agree if you have a birth to 3 program in your neighborhood try calling them but yes have the eyes and ears checked & sometimes they are just proned to accidents my daughter is 3 and still has the problem, the preschool and daycare helped me along with her family doctor she still is "accident prone but you know what she is everywhere, she doesn't pay attention and sometimes they hurt themseves and there is nothing we can do but give them lovens when its over, the other thing I would add is and this is nothing against you see if you have a gov. fund that sends out a parent asst. (this is what its called) to your home in most places its free and they can redirect you to doing some program that DCF really would back off on and see if something is wrong with your child. Good luck,

Tracie - posted on 10/27/2009

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Quoting Sarah:

my oldest was the worst when it came to accidents. she wld litterally walk right into the door or the table or what ever it may be. i had dcfs called on me as well for so many hospital visits and ppl that thought that i wasnt watchin my child. it wasnt til they were at my house and saw her walk into the table that they realized its her not me. i went as far as having her eyes checked and even her hearing cause she was off balance alot but all the test came back fine. That is just who she is. even now at the age 7 shes not much better. luckily she has never had a broken bone though. how that is i dnt know


 

Krista - posted on 10/27/2009

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My son is 25 months. He's had first degree burns on his hands at 14 months, a bruised ankle, a disjointed elbow, fallen down the stairs, I can't count how many black eyes from walking into things and stitches to his head. In all honesty, child services doesn't USUALLY worry unless the injuries are in places that can be hidden. Child abusers MOST OFTEN (not all the time) will try to hide the injuries.

Jennifer - posted on 10/27/2009

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My daughter, who is 2 yrs old, always gets hurt when no one is around except for me & I have been worried that I would be to blame. She is just soooo active constantly going. She has fallen off a table & bounced off a chair, she has flipped herself our of a shopping cart & I thought she broke her neck or had a concussion, plus many more bumps & bruises. I talked to my dr about it & she said that some kids are just more active then others & don't always pay attention to what they are doing. My husband says she just takes after me since I can be quite clumsy at times too.

Melanie - posted on 10/26/2009

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My daughter is 20 months old . and she is always getting hurt like if she wants something she will climb up anything to get it . she has fall from step's ,table's chair's and tonight while she was taken a bath i turned around and she fall out of the tub and hit her head on the potty , i have never had to take her to the ER but she is like her daddy and he is always getting hurt so iam sure i will see the ER a few times . but dont worry show them your a great mother and babys just get hurt sometime as much as we try to keep them safe from harm .

Ashley - posted on 10/26/2009

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Surprisingly, I haven't had to take mine to the ER, but he is very accident prone. I think his head is made of concrete. I have no advice. Sorry! You can either baby them and make them afraid to move, or let them learn their lessons. That's all I've got. As long as it's nothing extremely dangerous of course.

Sarah - posted on 10/26/2009

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my oldest was the worst when it came to accidents. she wld litterally walk right into the door or the table or what ever it may be. i had dcfs called on me as well for so many hospital visits and ppl that thought that i wasnt watchin my child. it wasnt til they were at my house and saw her walk into the table that they realized its her not me. i went as far as having her eyes checked and even her hearing cause she was off balance alot but all the test came back fine. That is just who she is. even now at the age 7 shes not much better. luckily she has never had a broken bone though. how that is i dnt know

Kathleen - posted on 10/26/2009

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Quoting Tanisha:

haha yes!!! i do but he doesnt get to bad!! the most has been a black eye and a skuffed up face!! or head butted the headboard of the bed other then that i mean wat can u do they r kids they do get hurt a bit!! and well my son is only 16 months old now and i mean that boy walks just a couple feet and falls but dont let them get to u to much there r worse mothers then u promise u that!!!



the first time i had to take her to the hospital for anything major she was crawling in to bed. and for some reason she was super excited about it. and she ended up crawling so fast into bed that when she hit her head on the wall at the head of the bed, it caused her to go limp, her eyes rolled back in her head, and she had stopped breathing. It only lasted about 15 seconds or so but it was an eternity for me. I quite literally thought my daughter was dying. And my heart had stopped altogether. It was horrible.

Dori - posted on 10/26/2009

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my son whos 20 months old has taken a chunk out of his tougue and twice from his lip by falling off things , its the independence in them i think they want to explore everything and test "hmmm what will happen ifs I....." my oldest daughter was the same at that age and has gotten better but not to much lol she recently fell up the stairs at school and ended up with a huge bruise but nothing seems to stop them advice stock up on bandaids

Tanisha - posted on 10/26/2009

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haha yes!!! i do but he doesnt get to bad!! the most has been a black eye and a skuffed up face!! or head butted the headboard of the bed other then that i mean wat can u do they r kids they do get hurt a bit!! and well my son is only 16 months old now and i mean that boy walks just a couple feet and falls but dont let them get to u to much there r worse mothers then u promise u that!!!

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