Baby walk­ers re­spon­si­ble for in­juries

The Western Star - - FAMILY LIFE -

THEY seem in­no­cent enough, and an en­cour­ag­ing nudge to­wards in­de­pen­dence and walk­ing, but when you see the sta­tis­tics, you might think twice about buy­ing a baby walker.

A new study pub­lished in the jour­nal

Pe­di­atrics has found that more than 2000 ba­bies each year are treated for in­juries caused by baby walk­ers.

The study found that be­tween 1990 and 2014, more than 230,000 chil­dren un­der 15 months old were seen in US emer­gency rooms af­ter baby walker ac­ci­dents.

Most of these are head and neck in­juries (90 per cent).

Per­haps not sur­pris­ingly, most in­juries oc­cur from a baby fall­ing ei­ther while in the walker, or while try­ing to get into or out of it.

The big­gest prob­lem is the speed these walk­ers give ba­bies and their par­ents’ un­der­es­ti­ma­tion of just how fast they can go.

The quick ac­cess chil­dren can have to pools and stair­cases can end in dis­as­ter.

The study re­vealed that 74.1 per cent of chil­dren treated in emer­gency were in­jured by fall­ing down the stairs.

For more, visit www.kidspot.com.au.

PHOTO: IS­TOCK

TAKE SAFETY STEPS: More than 2000 ba­bies each year are treated for in­juries caused by baby walk­ers.

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