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I feel so terrible. I changed my ds 7 mo on the carperted floor and he was sitting playing and I heard the thud and my heart sank. I usually keep a boppy around him, but he has been so good at sitting. he fell to sleep very soon after but it was nap time, well, overdue for nap time. He only slept for 20 minutes, usually 1.5 hours, and now he is very clingy - could be because he is tired though. Do you think I should worry? What is protocol?<br>
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If I understand you right, he fell from sitting onto the carpeted floor he was sitting on -- about a foot or so.<br><br>
I'm sure he is totally fine, and clingy because he is tired. One possible reason for his sleeping less than usual is adrenaline from falling.<br><br>
Remember, if there is a concussion, he would be sleeping <i>more</i> not <i>less</i>.<br><br>
If you are still concerned, you can check that his eyes are dilating normally. Turn the light off and then shine a light in his eyes. Pupils should get smaller when the light is shining on them and bigger when it goes away.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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I wouldn't think that was a far enough distance for him to have injured himself seriously. I'd imagine though it might've hurt a bit and scared him, which would totally explain the clinginess (plus he might have a headache).<br><br>
The pupil check is good advice, but I wouldn't think falling over like that would be enough force or distance to seriously injure him.<br><br>
Sorry it happened though. I know that can be scray. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">s
 

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My dd1 had a very bad fall once and I took her to get checked out. The Dr. told me a general rule was that unless they fall from higher than they are tall there is no real concern to have them checked out. Unless of course they have obvious trauma-vomiting, lose consiousness, severe bleeding, etc<br>
It is scary though, I always worry when my kids bump their head.
 

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dd does this all the time. carpeted floor but no pad underneath. at first she would always look surprised...what in the world. i'm not supposed to fall!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> now she just moves around and starts playing with whatever on her back. sometimes its hard enough for me to hear a thunk but shes always fine. shes even fallen on the kitchen floor and concrete!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"> i think they have ultrathick heads until they are older for just this reason. ds has a really hard head!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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My DD did exactly that all the time when she was learning to sit, on the hardwood no less, and she was always fine. The thud is sickening to hear, but really they're very resilient and their heads are well-protected against injury. I used to put a boppy pillow around her to break her fall while she got steady because I got so worried about the number of time she fell. And just wait until they start trying to stand-- my gosh, DD probably hit her head a dozen times a day.
 

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the thud and scare is worse then the actual hurt just soothe baby and keep a eye on dc for any changes anything that is out of the normal but it will only keep up from falling while learning to sit to falling when learning to walk then running then when they are bigger it is them trying to fly or someother crazzy thing that makes you ask what were you trying to do<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: we all have done it as a child
 
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