Child walkers — which have been banned in Canada since 2004 — are nonetheless injuring 1000’s of kids within the U.S. annually, based on a brand new examine.
Over 230,000 infants below the age of 15 months have been handled for accidents from utilizing child walkers in U.S. emergency rooms from 1990 to 2014, researchers famous within the examine revealed within the journal Pediatrics. Most of these have been head and neck accidents, and three-quarters of the kids have been injured by falling down the steps.
Eight youngsters died from utilizing child walkers between 2004 and 2008, the examine mentioned, calling on officers to ban their manufacture and sale. There have been harder security requirements on child walkers within the U.S. since 2010, which researchers famous did correspond with a lower in accidents, however 1000’s of infants are nonetheless injured annually.
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“Toddler walkers may give mother and father a false sense of safety. As a result of youngsters in toddler walkers can journey at speeds as much as 1 m/second, adults have little time to react to harmful conditions,” the authors wrote.
“Regardless of the decline in accidents, toddler walkers stay an vital and preventable supply of damage amongst younger youngsters, which helps the place of the (American Academy of Pediatrics) to name for a ban on their manufacture and sale in america.”
What are child walkers?
Toddler or child walkers are designed for infants aged roughly 5 months to 15 months who haven’t but developed the talents to stroll independently, the authors famous within the examine.
Well being Canada defines them as these “which can be mounted on wheels or on another system allowing motion of the walker and which have an enclosed space supporting the newborn in a sitting or standing place in order that their ft contact the ground, thereby enabling the horizontal motion of the walker.”
Child walkers are banned in Canada
In Canada, child walkers aren’t allowed in any respect. Retailers cannot carry them or promote them, and individuals who try and promote used ones can face fines of as much as $100,000. They’re thought of a prohibited client product below the Canada Shopper Product Security Act.
A 2002 report from the Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program discovered that 15 hospitals handled 200 accidents per yr within the early 1990s, and 100 per yr within the late 1990s. Of these, 8.5 per cent have been critical sufficient to be admitted to the hospital.
Well being Canada beforehand famous there have been 1,935 child walker accidents in infants aged 5 to 14 months between 1990 and 2002.
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