Hospital sees increase in kids falling out windows recently
Doctors at Memorial Hospital have seen an uptick in kids falling out of windows in recent months.
According to Dr. Adam Gorra, pediatric surgeon and medical director for pediatric trauma at Memorial Hospital Central, kids between 18 months and 4 years old are most at risk. Their injuries can range from bruises, to broken bones, to more serious consequences.
"The child has no control over how he or she falls once he falls out the windows, so he can fall directly on the head and that could be a devastating head injury and it can be fatal, he could have organ injuries inside the abdomen, internal bleeding," he said.
Laura Kent, with the injury prevention group Safe Kids wants to help parents avoid these kinds of incidents.
"It happens in a split second, so we just need to be more aware of where our children are and what they're up to," she said.
Kent said windows should open no more than four-and-a-half inches. She recommends buying small locks that keep the windows from opening any further than that.
She and Gorra also recommend keeping furniture away from windows, so kids don't climb it to get to the window, and don't expect screens to keep kids from falling out.
Kent is talking about window safety and other kid safety tips at an event this Saturday.
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