Back some years, babies would learn how to take their first steps with the assistance of a baby walker.
You would see them take leaks all over the kitchen. It was awesome!
Well, the good ol’ days are gone … and regrettably, specialists have issued warnings to all parents that the device is no longer safe.
According to some experts, baby walkers are even more trouble than most people think. Have you ever had your heart stop, literally when the baby got too close to a set of steps while in the walker? Right, let that marinate.
Fortuitously, as humans evolve they’re organically becoming smarter. Thereby, baby walker injuries have dropped substantially in the last ten years, however it’s still occurring at an alarming rate in the U.S.
Between 1990 and 2014, there were roughly 231,000 infant-walker related accidents in children younger than 15 months accordant to research from the NEISS.
“In 2014 alone, 2,000 children were injured.
“Baby walkers remain a serious and preventable source of injury to young children and should not be used,” Dr. Gary Smith, co-author of the study, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, spoke.
But what parents do not recognize is … baby walkers may be hampering the development of children.
“Baby walkers do not promote walking skills. In fact, other studies have demonstrated that baby walkers can transiently delay mental and motor development,” asserts Smith.
“Parents should know that walker use typically delays motor development and that it delays mental development even more.” .
The American Academy of Pediatrics’is calling for a prohibition on the “manufacture, sale, and importation of baby walkers.”
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