"No matter how safe you THINK your kids are...don't ever leave them on a bed. Ever. Also, even when your child LOOKS okay...doesn't mean they are. Colton looked fine. He was Not," Paige Ferguson told Parents.com.
Mom Becomes Head Trauma Advocate After Her Baby Rolls Off Queen-Sized Bed
Paige Ferguson and her fiancé, Blake Linton, are on a mission to raise awareness about head trauma amongst babies after their own son, Colton, was left fighting for his life at 6-months-old.
Just like so many parents do all the time, the couple decided to lay Colton down in the middle of a queen-sized bed so that he could get some rest while at a friend’s house. Placing pillows around him for protection, the couple sat right outside the door to ensure they could hear if Colton needed them. It was the sound of Colton falling and crying that alerted Paige and Blake to immediately come to his rescue—this would be the moment that changed their lives forever.
“He had a bump on his head. A bump. He was crying, acting alert and at one point even smiled. Because we are paranoid parents, we decided to get him evaluated. We thought for sure they were going to say he hit his head, has a bump, and he will be fine. Not the case...” Paige first wrote to Facebook on March 19th.
After arriving to the hospital, Colton began to vomit and a CT scan revealed that he had fractured his skull and was bleeding into his brain before being airlifted to a children’s hospital. Half of Colton’s blood rushed to his head, and the release of that blood sent him into cardiac arrest. That was just the beginning of the many horrifying side effects to come.
“I was literally told today, ‘Ma'am, I need you to understand that there’s a good possibility that your son is going to die.’ As a parent...this was the absolute worst thing I can possibly imagine,” Paige wrote in another Facebook post.
Thankfully, Colton is alive, but suffers from severe epilepsy and cerebral palsy. With the help of amazing doctors, the couple is working on getting Colton medication to stop his seizures while continuing physical, occupational, and speech therapy. “All we can do is do everything in our power to ensure that Colton is happy and comfortable,” Paige told Parents.com.
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Now, Paige is devoting what little extra time she has to telling her story through Facebook posts and media outlets in hopes of saving the lives of other children. “People [leave their babies on beds] all the time and I didn't want it to happen to someone else. We have many children in our family and friends with kids so I wanted to protect them,” she explained.
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In efforts to help Paige on her mission, we reached out to Pediatrician Jen Trachtenberg, MD who confirmed that accidental falls are the most common reasons for head trauma in babies—often these incidents can be avoided.
“I can’t stress enough that you should never leave your newborn/infant on a bed (even before you think they can roll) because they still may roll off or suffocate from the pillows surrounding them. Always have one hand on Baby while on a changing table and make sure Baby is secured in a car seat properly in a moving vehicle,” explained Dr. Jen Trachtenberg.
As far as gauging the seriousness of a fall, Dr. Jen Trachtenberg advises to look for bruising, open wounds, or bleeding on the head or rest of the body—you should feel more of an urgency if the fall was more than 3-5 feet and took place on a hard surface. Pay attention to any signs of vomiting, cranky or extremely lethargic behavior, or loss of consciousness—if your child is under the age of 1 and has a bump or dent from the injury Dr. Jen Trachtenberg always recommends a pediatrician evaluation.
When asked how others can get involved Paige responded, “They can educate themselves. They can educate themselves to understand how to approach people and how to react to TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) survivors. They can donate to the TBI programs in their state...especially because their funding has been cut dramatically.” She continued, “To help us directly, they can donate to our gofundme or contact us about shirts or bracelets. They can especially tell Colton’s story. They can tell it so people understand and take more precaution. The most important thing they can do for us...is pray for us. Ask God to heal Colton and for strength to get us through each day.”