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Is it safe to let my baby fall asleep after he has had a serious fall?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

After a serious fall, your child should be examined by a medical professional.
If they determine that there is no brain injury then allowing your child to sleep soundly through the night is no problem.

In brief: Yes

After a serious fall, your child should be examined by a medical professional.
If they determine that there is no brain injury then allowing your child to sleep soundly through the night is no problem.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Michael Amster
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

This obviously depends on the seriousness of the fall, and what happens afterwards.
If the child falls 1 ft onto carpet, and looks fine, then yes. If the child falls 12 stairs onto hardwood or cement, then a thorough monitoring period or check in the ED is required. If there is no loss of consciousness, and the child is consolable, looks ok for a couple hours, and behaves normally, then yes.

In brief: Yes

This obviously depends on the seriousness of the fall, and what happens afterwards.
If the child falls 1 ft onto carpet, and looks fine, then yes. If the child falls 12 stairs onto hardwood or cement, then a thorough monitoring period or check in the ED is required. If there is no loss of consciousness, and the child is consolable, looks ok for a couple hours, and behaves normally, then yes.
Dr. Michael Amster
Dr. Michael Amster
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: No

If a baby has a "serious" fall, it is not "safe" to let him fall asleep without an evaluation.
Realize that it is impossible to not allow a baby to fall asleep. Trying to keep a baby awake will create a strange behavior (the baby will be tired, fussy, and sleep-deprived). The important thing is to get the baby to the hospital er so the doctors can evaluate for injuries from the "serious" fall.

In brief: No

If a baby has a "serious" fall, it is not "safe" to let him fall asleep without an evaluation.
Realize that it is impossible to not allow a baby to fall asleep. Trying to keep a baby awake will create a strange behavior (the baby will be tired, fussy, and sleep-deprived). The important thing is to get the baby to the hospital er so the doctors can evaluate for injuries from the "serious" fall.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Lawrence Wasser
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

If he seems otherwise fine, it is ok.
However, after ~1 hour you should rouse him to be sure that he can reach a normal level of alertness.

In brief: Yes

If he seems otherwise fine, it is ok.
However, after ~1 hour you should rouse him to be sure that he can reach a normal level of alertness.
Dr. Lawrence Wasser
Dr. Lawrence Wasser
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