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Toddler Fell Off The Couch And Eyes Rolled Back – ER?

by Holly
(Chicago,Il,USA)

My 16 month old toddler fell off the couch. I went to her right away and picked her up, but her eyes were rolled back and almost crossed and her whole body was really stiff. It was like she snapped right out of it in 30 seconds and then proceeded to cry.

Should I take her to the E.R.? Happened less then 5 minutes ago.

Baby Help Line:

Emergency Room Or Not When Baby Falls?

I am sorry to hear about your daughter’s fall. It happens so quickly…

Regarding having her examined, I think yes, you should definitely take her to the ER, since she passed out. It is important to rule out any concussion or bleeding. It is a good sign that she snapped out of the seizure (or whatever it was) quickly and started to cry. Seizures that go on for a few minutes are a reason to call 911.

Also take a close look at how your daughter acts and moves now after the fall to spot any other injuries. You may also want to check her pupils and eye movements, so everthing looks normal.

All these things said, young children often handle a fall well, but of course we should take no chances. Head over to the emergency room.

You can read more about danger signs after a fall here. (That article also includes a long thread of parents experiencing a similar situation as yours.)

Warm wishes,
Paula

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Comments for “Toddler Fell Off The Couch And Eyes Rolled Back – ER?”

Jul 24, 2011

baby ok
by: Anonymous


how is your baby now? i hope she is ok.


Jul 26, 2011

Son’s eyes rolled back after fallling from a couch

by: Anonymous


I took my 13 month old son to ER after falling off on our couch and landed on the hardwood floor facedown. He cried and when picked him up his eyes rolled back and unresponsive until i started to blow on his face and shake him a little bit, then he cried again but a little bit disoriented for a couples of seconds then back to his normal self. This happpened twice now and the doctor told me that this happens to some kids etc… I was just wondering what the doctor told you. How is your son now? Please let me know… or if anybody knows…


Aug 31, 2011

pls am soooo scared

by: Anonymous


Please this same thing happened to my daughter 2ce, what causes it and what can I do?


Sep 01, 2011

Danger signs when baby hits head

by: Paula (Baby Help Line)


Hi,

Loss of consciousness and/or rolling eyes are two warning signs of concussion when a baby has hit his or her head. I would definitely take my baby to the ER for a check up if this happens.

Other signs to look for immediately after the fall are vomiting more than three times, loss of balance, prolonged crying (for over one hour), on pupil being larger than the other, that the baby is unusually weak an unresponsive.

In addition, observe your baby while asleep during the next 12-24 hours. Being hard to wake up, becoming pale or blue, irregular breathing nad twiching are all signs of injury too.

While babies can usually have quite hard hits on their heads and nothing happens, it is NOT worth taking any chances with head injuries. Call the doctor or visit the ER if at all in doubt.

I hope this helps,

Paula


Oct 15, 2011

my baby is 7 months now and she fell of the bed for 6 times started when she was 6 months.

by: j-ann


my baby have no eyes since birth. started when she was 6 months until now she is 7 months, she fell of the bed for 6 times.every time it will happend, there are times she cry just a little and sometimes she cry so hard. there are times she vomit too.. but later on..she’s okey. we just thinking that maybe she is just full. now..her sleeping time was changing. sometimes she will sleep the whole day then wake-up the whole evening until morning.sometimes..she will sleep from 1pm until 6 or 10 or 12 in the evening.then, wake-up from 1am to 6 or 9 in the morning. someone told me that it is normal for the baby. but i am really worried because everyday i cant undesrtand her sleeping time.i guess..she sleep more time now than before. im worried about her head and her brain. someone told me that in this case..sometimes the brain will be affected.please help me. im just a new mom. she is my first baby..i need your opinion and advice


Oct 19, 2011

Falling off bed and not sleeping for blind baby
by: Paula (Easy Baby Life)


Hi J-Ann,

I understand that you are worried, and I actually think it would be prudent to have your baby examined by a doctor, since she has fallen so many times. In many cases a fall will not really hurt the baby, but better safe than sorry. And since you feel that your baby has changed her behavior, even more a reason to have her examined.

Regarding her not sleeping at night – it is a bit more tricky to teach a blind baby the difference between and day, since they don’t get the clue from the lights at all. You will have to make as big a difference as you can between day and night, with a lot of fun activities, sounds and interaction during the day and low voices, low activity levels and a lot of lying down and snuggling with mom or dad at night.

6 months old many babies enjoy activities away from home, and for example joining a baby swim class in a warm pool can be great fun if your baby enjoys splashing in the tub.

You can find more sleep tips for blind babies in this article by wonderbaby.org. (opens in new window.)

I hope this helps,

Paula


Dec 04, 2011

My 15 days baby fell down

by: Anonymous


My 15 days baby fell from he sofa to hit the wooden floor, she started crying for 1 minute then she is fine. She is not vomiting and seems ok. Do have to take her to ER? It happened 3 hours ago.


Dec 06, 2011

Falling and Hitting Head When Newborn

by: Anonymous


My son fell off the couch when he was 3 months old and I took him to the ER. They told me that parents should always bring their newborn to 4 month old babies in if they have hit their head no matter what.


Mar 15, 2012

my 7 month baby fell off the bed
by: Angelica


She was crying at first the I laid her on the bed with pillows to keep her from rolling, I went to get her bottle. Then suddenly I heard a fall, then ran to go after her but she was already on the floor laying on her stomache, crying.

I didn’t know what to do and I was crying with her blaming myself. All I did was hold her in my arms because she is my first baby and scared that I would have lost her. Please I need some answers from anybody to tell me what to do?


Mar 16, 2012

Very frightening when baby falls
by: Paula (Easy Baby Life)


Angelica,

In most cases, a baby will be just fine after a fall, but there are signs to look for right after and during the next couple of days.

You can read about the warning signs after a fall here.

I really hope your baby is just fine!

Paula


Jun 24, 2012

four month old acting differnt after fall
by: Anonymous


My husband let our four month old son oll off couch a lil over 24 hours ago. He cried but seemed fine. A small to medium bump showed up this morn on right of head next to soft spot but on the bone. He seemed fine still laughing n smiling tho not as much as normal and as a mommas boy he has always went crazy when i come home from work n today it was a while before he acted like he even knew me and just seems a little differnt i don’t know if i should be worried or not but even my mother in law noticed he seemed diffrent without knowing about this. He just seems differnt but that’s the only problem I’ve noticed. Should i get him seen about???


Aug 01, 2012

baby fell of the bed

by: emma


My 3 month old son fell out of bed on is fro hent part of his body he cried for a few minites is he gping tp be ok please help??????


Dec 31, 2012

please help
by: Anonymous


My preemie is already 8 mths but i left her asleep on the sofa and she rolled and fell. What should i do. She seems ok but im scared….she fell and landed facing up. I only got up to give my other daughter something to drink. Please help!!!


Apr 16, 2013

My 9 weeks old son fell off from the chair
by: Anonymous


I put my son in the carry chair for babies, I buckled him up and took for the handle. Everything happened very fast, the handle broke and he fell off face down on hard floor. He cried, I pick him up and cried with him, in 5-10 mins i nursed him and he fell in sleep. He seems to be ok, he lies but a little bit upset. His head looks ok but there is a little red spot. It does not look that he could hit this part of head but anyway. Should I take him to ER. I’m so worried. Please, help!!!


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