* Head injuries are the #1 type of injury that occurs among children due to common falls.
* During an infants most vulnerable time - when they are learning how to walk - we don't protect them, and it is during this time that they have the highest rate of skull fractures.
* Infants usually don’t wear helmets because the hard, solid structure of their design can cause injury, discomfort and pain to a very soft fragile skull such as that of an infant. As a result we let them take their chances resulting in the most severe injuries among children during this time.
* Older children have developed, solidified skulls; infants however, around a year old or younger have a soft developing skull which doesn’t solidify until age 2. This is too late for infants who are very mobile while learning how to walk and falling time, after time, after time.
* Most injuries to younger children occur in the home. * The major causes of pediatric brain injury were falls.
* Preschool children have the highest rate of head injury, and among infants under one year these injuries accounted for 40 % of the total injuries treated in emergency rooms.
* At 12 months and younger they have the highest rate of skull fractures and intracranial injury and are common in children younger than 2 years and result from relatively minor falls.
* Babies requiring a CT scan to detect injury may require sedation, which carries risks including hypoxia, apnea, prolonged depressed level of consciousness, aspiration, and the need for tracheal intubations and mechanical ventilation.Most injuries to younger children occur in the home. * The major causes of pediatric brain injury were falls.