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Do infants fall over a lot?


"Home and Leisure Accident Surveillance System (HASS/LASS)" database - victims of accidents who are recorded as 'Head Injury due to Fall - children Aged 0-3 years'. (Department of Trade & Industry national estimates as follows):

Year                           Sample                      National Estimates   

2000                         17,958                        318,575

2001                         16,570                        295,775

2002                         13,992                        286,836

1 million children in the US sustain a head injury each year.

 165,000 children will be hospitalised due to a head injury.

1 in 10 of those children hospitalised will suffer moderate to severe impairments.

Source:  USA Brain Injury Stats/

Younger children spend more time at home than in any other environment and home is where they are most likely to be the victims of accidents and injuries, especially as the result of falls. Statistics published by the National SAFEKIDS Coalition show that more than 80 % of fall-related injuries among children ages 4 and under occur in the home. Falls can cause many kinds of injuries including abrasions, lacerations and fractures of bones in the arms and legs. But the most serious consequence of falls, and the reason for a large number of urgent calls to emergency rooms and paediatricians' offices, involves injuries to the head as a result of new found mobility in and outdoors.


Among infants under the age of 12 months head injuries are most often associated with falls onto hard surfaces, from furniture, changing tables or counter-tops and with falls down a flight of stairs. Many accidents in which an infant falls down stairs occur when a baby in a mobile walker inadvertently goes over the top step and tumbles down headfirst.


Because of their increased mobility and restless curiosity toddlers are more vulnerable to injury than children in any other age group. In addition to falling down stairs, they often fall after climbing onto chairs, counter-tops and against household appliances. Even more serious injury may result when a toddler climbs up into an open window and falls out.  Improved motor abilities place them at greater risk for falling outdoors. Many injuries occur to children in this age group while they are using playground equipment such as seesaws, swings and slides.


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This stretchy, comfortable design is suitable for the ages between 7 months to just over 2 years, depending on the size of the child's head, stretching from 40 to 50 centimetres or 16 to 20 inches in circumference. It is recommended to take a measurement of your child's head first to confirm the compatibility of the Thudguard sizing.


Thudguard is one of the lightest head guards in the world, weighing just less than 100 grams / 3.2 oz. This ultra lightweight design is extremely important for an infant's developing neck muscles.


Thudguard helps cushion the forehead, side and back of the head. It is made from ultra lightweight High Density Foam and medium weight, soft-spun poly / lycra. This makes it ideal for stretching and keeping the shape of the helmet allowing it to be very durable and easily kept clean.

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