Our expert says:
Babies fall when they start walking – this is normal. If the baby only started walking at the age of two, this milestone was already a bit delayed and with the information available to me, this might suggest that this particular baby, might have already had a problem and therefore only started walking a bit late. This will answer your question that is was not the walking and then falling that caused the brain tumor. Tumors do not developed as a result of falling – falling might start as a result of a tumor. Tumors develop as a result of abnormal tissue growth.
When a baby start walking they do not fall straight onto their heads, they usually fall on their hands or buttocks – no risk for head damage. If they do bump their head it is usually minor. Brain damage may occur in case of an motor vehicle accident or a baby being abused and thrown to the wall.
Premmies are also not at a higher risk for brain tumors. By 12 months (corrected age) your premmie would be close to his full term buddies that is 12 months old as well.
Please do not be worried. If you are uncertain you can have your baby evaluated by an occupational therapist specializing in premmies or your pediatrician.
Enjoy your little one!
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