My son is 17 months old, and though developmentally on track, is very clumsy on his feet. On many occasions he has fallen headfirst into solid wood furniture and face down onto pavement, sustaining large forehead bumps. On several occasions, we have had to keep him awake or arouse him every two hours for fear of concussion. I am concerned that he might accumulate brain damage from the repeated head injuries. Should I consider having him wear a helmet for safety?
I don't think you should get a helmet until you find out what's up. Most kids his age fall a lot but usually bottom first. If most of his falls are forward, his motor development needs to be evaluated more carefully. If his steps are toe first or if he walks on his toes, that would add to my concern. If he is unbalanced from side to side, or always falls to one side, or if things are getting worse rather than better, then a more careful look is needed. Goose-egg bumps are common in toddler
s and don't cause any long-term problems. Make your 18-month checkup appointment now and let the staff know that you are concerned about his development and this falling behavior. They then can plan more time to check these things out completely.