At Children's Mercy, falls are consistently in the top two preventable injuries we see. In fact, the CDC reports that unintentional falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries for all children ages 0-19.
Each day, approximately 8,000 children are treated in Emergency Departments for fall related injuries, including falls down stairs, falls out of windows, and from elevated surfaces. Infants have a higher risk of fall-related head injuries than older children, even from low heights, because of their larger head size in proportion to the rest of their body.
The best way to prevent dangerous falls is by installing items such as stair gates and devices that prevent windows from opening more than four inches. Window screens do not prevent falls out of windows. Window screens are meant to keep bugs out, not children in.