First case of a toddler falling out of a window this summer

Over the past 10 years, the Trauma Programs at the Montreal Children's Hospital have treated approximately 50 children who have sustained injuries after falling from a window; 40% sustained serious injuries requiring hospitalization and involvement of MCH trauma program specialists. At least 50% of the cases occurred in children aged 18 months to four years old, an age when children are curious, exploring their environment, and not really aware of the consequences of their actions.

Opening windows to get a breath of fresh air is great during warm and muggy summer days. Parents need to be aware of potential dangers. The trauma specialists at the hospital remind you that window screens are good at keeping bugs out, but no at keeping kids in.