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