Friday, March 18, 2011

Are Walkers Bad?

You don't find baby walker that look like this in most stores these days:

This one is actually rated pretty high on Amazon. They can cause accidents, that is why they can be dangerous. If you live in a ranch house, or have steps blocked off, you have nothing to worry about.

Walker's being banned {History}:

Every year, over 800,000 children are killed by accidents. Millions more are injured.  A childhood research studies stated that: Canada discovered that many of these accidents were caused by baby walkers. In 2004, they banned baby walkers in their country. Canadian citizens faced thousand dollar fines if they were even in possession of a baby walker. Restrictions have since been relaxed.

In the United States, over 150,000 infants were admitted to emergency rooms due solely to baby walker injuries in the decade from 1990 to 2000. This was due to baby walker injuries. Injuries were mainly caused by the baby falling down stairs while in the baby walker. The walkers were of such concern to the American Academy of Pediatrics that they called for a ban on baby walkers. The ban never did occur.

Instead they made walkers bases bigger. This way they are too big to fit through doorways. This reduced them flipping over and falling down steps.


If you are worried about getting a walker because your house is full of steps. The problem is an easy thing to solve, don't buy one. 

There are many companies that sell Exersaucer's. 

What's nice about the Evenflow brand is that it is collapsible. We used to take our's to Grandma and Grandpa's house. When Mica was in the hospital, having an Exersaucer was a great thing! He was hooked up to a lot of wires and tubes. A walker would have never worked.

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