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Haylen_WebMD_Staff posted:
The lastest from the WebMD Newsroom. Click the link to read about a new study reporting that every six minutes a young child in the U.S. is treated in the emergency room for a stair-related injury.

Researchers found that the number of young children who were injured while being carried on the stairs accounts for about a quarter of injuries among children under age 1. These children are also more than three times more likely to be hospitalized as a result of their injuries than children who were injured in other ways.

WOW - those are big numbers! Our house doesn't have stairs but I've had close calls on our front porch and the steps to our deck in the back. (clumsy) The 3.5 year old won't let me carry her anymore so I think we're in the clear for these types of injuries.

Have you ever had a fall on stairs? Has your kid?

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kc_94920 responded:
We live near San Francisco, where space is limited and homes/buildings tend to be as high or higher than they are vertical, so stairs are an everyday thing for us. We have two large sets (18 and 22 stairs) in the house plus a few separating the kitchen and family room and two or three at the front porch . We also have two outdoor sets that allow us acess from the front lawn to the back patio/garden and a tree house structure that uses 12 steps or a ladder as access.

As far as injuries, we've had our fair share but only one that led us to the ER. My mom fell at the base of the main staricase while holding DS when he was 12 months old and the fall broke both bones in his left arm and her foot. DD1 was a 8.5-9 month old walker and had a couple goose eggs and a split lip thanks to various steps and even chipped her front tooth when she fell off the front porch step at 1 year but nothing too bad. DD2 is super human and while I know she's fallen, tripped and even been accidentally knocked down a step or two has never had more than a bruised ego.

Gosh, once I type this put it seems really bad and I almost feel negligent but I guess it's just one of the prices we pay we live where we live in the setting we love.
KC~ Mady (9) Logan (7) and Coco (4)
 
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iocasta responded:
We have a very steep set for the upstairs and a even steeper set that leads to our unfinished basement. Levi has only taken one spill down our stairs when he was around 5. He was being silly and I was right behind him. He started head over heels but got into a side roll. I was going to help him but once he got into the side roll I figure it was safer for him to stop on his own. He was fine but learned new respect. We never had gates on our stairs. Levi was taught by our first nanny how to climb them and go down them safely before he could even walk. He was like 6 months old when he could climb all the way up them and about 8 months old when was able to scoot down them.

He wasn't allowed to go down our basement stairs until he was about 3 yrs and then with one of us holding his hands. As it is he can't go down there without as it is an unfinished basement used for storage so he has no business being down there.

With our renovations, we completely replaced our stairs and toyed with the idea of not carpeting them but that makes me nervous more for my safety rather than the boy's. So they will be carpeted.
 
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crunk05177 responded:
Our first apartment was in a basement...so there was a whole flight down...nobody ever took a spill...

Our second apt was in the seond story dormer....I don't think anyone fell down those either

Now we have no stairs haha....yayayay!!

BUT the people I used to babysit for when Michael was an infant, had a dormer so the stairs were straight up and steep....the way they were, it would be impossible to put a gate at the bottom. One day we were at the top of the stairs...Michael was crawling age... I don't remember exactly how he accessed the stairs but he tumbled like a rag doll down the steps......If I ran after him, I would have done more damage than good...so I cried, screamed and hoped for the best....he was fine....
Me (28), DH (30), DS1 - Michael (4) and DS2 - Nathan (1 - severe peanut allergy and an egg allergy)
 
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baby1at35 replied to crunk05177's response:
I live in a multi level house. Lots of stairs. But have the greatest teaching steps. 4 steps down to the family room.
When I did daycare all of the kids learned to go up and down the stairs at my house. 2 of them lived in ranch houses so the parents were grateful I taught them!
I have taken a spill down the steps due to a matchbox car on the steps. No ER visit but a very sore tailbone for quite awhile.
I am constantly preaching the don't leave toys on the stairs bit.
Me (42) 2 busy boys 6 yrs and 5 yrs
 
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mrswhitecastle responded:
Elizabeth had a nasty tumble down them a couple of years ago. She knocked her front tooth loose, and was pretty close to losing it. Fortunately, it hardened up, and now is just a little gray-tinged.

I've fallen down stairs more times than I can count. Fortunately, only my ego has been permanently damaged.
Emily (6) Elizabeth (5)
 
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VicsEandJ replied to kc_94920's response:
My kids are rarely on the stairs. We live in a building with an elevator and they only take the stairs in the subway.

While that has meant they haven't taken a tumble, they are also less agile on the stairs because they have done it less often, meaning when they are presented with a lot of stairs, such as at a relative's house, it's an issue despite their ages and likely to remain so longer than for people whose kids use the stairs all the time.

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