Do you know what to do if your toddler had a fall and cannot move her arm?
She might have a fracture, especially if her cry sounds like a sharp scream when you touch the affected limb, says Dr Andrea Yeo, consultant from National University Hospital’s Children’s Emergency.
Take her to the hospital for an assessment; she might need an X-ray.
Before that, make a sling to support her arm – you can improvise with a broad-fold bandage or a soft towel.
Secure the arm to her body with the sling while on the way to the hospital, says Ambrose Lee, senior training instructor at Singapore Red Cross Academy.
If it’s her leg, however, do not move her.
There is a chance the broken thigh bone could cut a large artery. Call for an ambulance immediately, advises Ambrose.
To minimise the risk of falls, never put your little one in a baby walker, warns Dr Yeo. It can tip her over and cause multiple injuries.
Baby-proof your home by installing safety gates to block her access to the stairs, and keep the floor uncluttered to prevent tripping, she adds.
Wipe spills immediately, and use secure rubber mats in the bathtub and shower areas to prevent slipping.
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