Sunday, October 16, 2005

A Note on Infant Safety

Well, Baby Indy's first falling off the bed experience came yesterday. He was in with the Teenager and next thing he knew, he was on the floor. The Teenager claims she had him covered but he just "surged" like nothing she had ever seen and fell off her bed.

I was tempted to be overprotective dad and yell at her to watch him more closely, but I let Touchdown fall off once while I was on the bed with her, so I totally understand the lunging/surging thing. This experience got me thinking. How many times did the Wizard let me fall off the bed on to my head. Of course, I could never remember back that far, but I must have been an active baby and I have to think I concussed once or twice. Heck, my wife is probably convinced it happened daily.

I remember one time when I was maybe 7 or 8 years-old when I slept on the top bunk of a bunk bed with my brother on the bottom bunk. I woke up one morning underneath my brother's bed. So, apparently, during the night I fell off the top bunk on to the floor, but never actually woke up. Then I rolled over several more times to wind up wedged under his bed.

Let's think about this for a minute. I fell, what, four or five feet? I must have made quite a thud. This is in fact attested to by my mother and father who have come clean to say they heard the thud and came running to check things out. They did not, however, deem it necessary to wake me up to verify that I was okay. What? I could have been in a coma or something, but they decided just to let me sleep it off. I can hear my father now. "Uh, well, honey, he looks okay. Don't you think he would wake up on his own if he was hurt. I say we just go back to bed and hope he's okay in the morning."

Great, how many times did this happen? I may never know, but the memory loss I am now experiencing now makes a lot more sense. I wish I could remember the Queen's real first name. Any ideas?

16 Comments:

Blogger TC said...

I think sometimes about the way things were done when I was a kid. I am amazed I made it through childhood intact! LOL

7:04 AM  
Blogger Better Safe Than Sorry said...

when i was a kid, my mother willingly let me toboggan down a flight of wooden stairs that led directly into a cement wall, WTF!!!
if it was too cold to go outside and toboggan, she would let us toboggan inside, without helmets, or padding or anything, she used to just close the door and let us go.

9:41 AM  
Blogger FuzzBuck Fuzz said...

Michele sent me.

Elizabeth.

your muscles and bones were relaxed when you fell when you were asleep so suffered no injury. Had you been awake and tensed up you could easily have damaged something.

Or at least - that's my thoughts.

10:19 AM  
Blogger Indigo said...

Did Janie just say, "WTF"?

You fell out of bed and slept through it? That's odd. And your parents let you sleep it off? Odd too. Things are starting to make more sense.....

My dad once passed out on his way into the shower before work. My mom hollered in, "Are you okay?" He didn't answer so she went back to sleep. Odd too.

Queen's name? Well duh, it's The Queen Bee.

5:41 PM  
Blogger DayByDay4-2Day said...

Really if we compared everything we went through as kids to all the safety that kids have now, it would amazed us that we are here today.

7:03 PM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

I worried more about my kids hitting the corner of the coffee table than falling out of bed. Usually after falling out of bed once they learned how to move closer to the wall so they wouldn't fall out again.

My grandson spends to night every so often and ocassionally I will find him asleep on the floor in the morning. It really isn't that much of a fall. He sleeps in the room upstairs and all the way down the hall and TF and I sleep downstairs at the other end of the house. He's still in one piece.

10:33 PM  
Blogger Le laquet said...

sorry, where am I? Who are you?

10:56 PM  
Anonymous Grandpa Jones said...

I suppose, your mother and I, should have helped you regain consciousness. It seemed that a better idea would be to let you sleep it off. If we would have woke you up you would have cried and then I would have to tend you. No blood, no pain, no wakie up.........Love you big guy......

4:10 AM  
Blogger Better Safe Than Sorry said...

i had to come back here and see what i commented on with WTF. yes indigo, i do use the F word, it's fudge, isn't it???
don't tell me there's another phrase i'm not aware of;)

5:08 AM  
Anonymous Claire said...

My niece likes to surge, I don't have her on anything but my knee or the floor unless there's a suitably trained adult in the room!

2:00 PM  
Blogger Anita said...

I'm with Indigo. Wizard let you "sleep it off" after you fell out of a BUNK BED??? Wizard, say it ain't so . . .

7:15 AM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

I'm in agreement with Grandpa. If you weren't bleeding and still breathing, I probably would have left you there too. Why wake up a perfectly sleeping baby?

10:44 PM  
Anonymous Grandpa Jones said...

In retrospect, having seen what K has turned into....there may have been some brain damage. How was I to know? Just kidding, I was a very protective father. Still am.....Back when I was a new father they didn't have self help books on how to rear children. However, I read them today, and I am kinda glad that they didn't have them. I like the rough and tumble way. Sometimes this feely, good fuzzies just makes me frustrated....

4:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never realised how important a good bed was until I got a bad back�.
Over 1,400 members of BackCare, the national organisation for healthy backs, responded to our Back Your Bed survey - the first of its kind to explore the views on beds of those who suffer from bad backs and the experts who treat them.
SUMMARY OF THE BACK YOUR BED SURVEY RESULTS
Buying a good bed is one of the most important purchases you can make when it comes to back pain relief. Nine out of 10 say their bed is more important to them since they developed back pain; 98% agreed that a good, supportive bed could help a bad back. 82% of experts felt that the right bed could help prevent back pain.
"If you cannot rest properly and sleep well, this hinders recovery from back problems."
A firm, supportive bed, not a hard one, can do wonders to ease and even prevent bad backs. Only 22% of sufferers had bought a bed classed as �orthopaedic�; while 28% describe their bed support as �medium�. Only 6% of experts would recommend an orthopaedic bed to patients.

Three quarters would be prepared to spend more than �500 on a new bed: compared with just 36% of the �normal� population. Nearly one in 10 would pay more than �2,000 for a new bed to get the comfort and relief they need.
Back pain sufferers are twice as likely as the rest of the population to own a new bed - 50% have beds that are less than five years old compared to the national average of 24%.
88% are satisfied with their choice � but 16% said they would get a better quality one next time; while 9% would opt for something firmer; 5% said they would choose a softer bed and 4% wanted a bigger one.

Sufferers are three times more likely to replace their beds when they no longer feel comfortable (65% compared with just 20%).
31% own a king size bed compared with 11% generally. Separate mattresses zipped together are also popular with couples whose support needs differ or who are easily disturbed by their partner's movements. top
So worth considering when buying a

10:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never realised how important a good bed was until I got a bad back�.
Over 1,400 members of BackCare, the national organisation for healthy backs, responded to our Back Your Bed survey - the first of its kind to explore the views on beds of those who suffer from bad backs and the experts who treat them.
SUMMARY OF THE BACK YOUR BED SURVEY RESULTS
Buying a good bed is one of the most important purchases you can make when it comes to back pain relief. Nine out of 10 say their bed is more important to them since they developed back pain; 98% agreed that a good, supportive bed could help a bad back. 82% of experts felt that the right bed could help prevent back pain.
"If you cannot rest properly and sleep well, this hinders recovery from back problems."
A firm, supportive bed, not a hard one, can do wonders to ease and even prevent bad backs. Only 22% of sufferers had bought a bed classed as �orthopaedic�; while 28% describe their bed support as �medium�. Only 6% of experts would recommend an orthopaedic bed to patients.

Three quarters would be prepared to spend more than �500 on a new bed: compared with just 36% of the �normal� population. Nearly one in 10 would pay more than �2,000 for a new bed to get the comfort and relief they need.
Back pain sufferers are twice as likely as the rest of the population to own a new bed - 50% have beds that are less than five years old compared to the national average of 24%.
88% are satisfied with their choice � but 16% said they would get a better quality one next time; while 9% would opt for something firmer; 5% said they would choose a softer bed and 4% wanted a bigger one.

Sufferers are three times more likely to replace their beds when they no longer feel comfortable (65% compared with just 20%).
31% own a king size bed compared with 11% generally. Separate mattresses zipped together are also popular with couples whose support needs differ or who are easily disturbed by their partner's movements. top
So worth considering when buying a

10:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Proper care will keep your bed in good condition. Always read and retain manufacturers care instructions and ask your retailer for advice, too. Otherwise, the following tips will help you to get the best out of your bed during its natural life.
Use a washable, protective cover to protect the mattress (and pillows) from stains. Barrier fabrics for allergy sufferers are also available.
In the mornings, throw back the bed clothes and leave the bed to air for 20 minutes to allow body moisture to evaporate.
Turning your mattress over from side and side and end to end every few months (every week for the first three months) helps upholstery fillings to settle down more evenly. Some more luxurious mattresses, with much thicker layers of fillings designed to mould themselves to the contours of your body, may retain signs of these impressions, despite turning.
Don�t make a habit of sitting on the edge of the bed and don�t let the kids bounce on it.
Don�t roll up or squash a mattress to store or transport it - this can cause permanent damage.
Handles are designed to help you position a mattress on its base - do not use them to support the full weight of the mattress - they may pull out and damage the fabric.
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Vacuum your mattress and base from time to time to remove fluff and dust. This should be carefully done so as not to dislodge fillings or damage tufts. Open windows while vacuuming -especially if there is an asthma sufferer in the house.
When tackling stains, use mild detergent and warm or cold water. Never over soak a mattress or base.
Putting a new mattress on a base for which it was not intended, a new mattress on an old base or a board between the mattress and base can impede comfort and reduce the useful life of the mattress - as well as affecting any guarantees or warranties.
Out with the Old: Once you�ve bough yourself a new bed, make arrangements to have the old one disposed of (many retailers will do this for you). Don�t give it to the children, relatives, guests or neighbours. If it wasn�t good enough for you, it�s not good enough for anyone else, either. In fact, it�s a veritable health hazard - get rid of it
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11:07 PM  

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