Mum gets nose BROKEN TWICE by wriggling toddler - and these injuries are on the rise!

She's not the only one!

Editor / April 09 2019

The number of broken noses among mothers is on the rise according to doctors - and it’s kids who are the culprits!  

But it’s not toddler tantrums and meltdowns at the supermarket that have sparked this rise in injuries – it’s wearing your baby carrier and co-sleeping!

One mum even admitted that she had been the victim of her toddlers' knock-out punch, not once but twice now. Alexandra Sowa was enjoying bedtime snuggles with Henry, her two-year-old son, when he broke her nose during an over-enthusiastic hug.

“It was a perfect family cuddle moment . . . and then he just bopped me,” says the 35-year-old doctor about both incidents.

Despite the two breaks and consequent surgeries, the wellness clinic owner said she isn’t mad at her “little head-butter,” but was bewildered by the incidents.

She told the New York Post, “I’ve given [my kids] my everything - C-section, bags under my eyes - and I [felt] like the one thing they weren’t going to do was touch was my nose. It’s like, ‘You took that from me, too?”




Front-facing baby carriers like Baby Bjorns put your baby so close to your nose, those flailing arms are causing the baby to hit out at mum.

And co-sleeping can also contribute to the rise in broken noses, as baby’s punch mum in their sleep!

“It’s a steady stream . . . of mums who come in for this,” says Dr. Norman Rowe, a plastic surgeon based in New York.

He thinks that carriers such as BabyBjörns “should come with a warning,” because of the potential harm a rogue swinging fist can cause while your baby is being carried.



Frances Sheen has been a magazine and website journalist & editor for the last 20 years - both in Australia and the UK. She's appeared on countless TV and radio shows to discuss parenting and launched her own social media parenting brand. She's the mum of two little girls and juggles that with a busy working life.