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Walkers can be dangerous.

A major cause of injuries to children are infant walkers. "Some parents look at an infant walker as if it was a toy," says Kate Kimmet, registered nurse and clinical ambulatory care manager of Pediatric Urgent Care at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital (SJMH. But its use can be dangerous and even deadly.

Accordingly to the American Academy of Pediatrics, between 20,000 and 30,000 infants are injured in their walkers every year. These injuries include skull fractures, arm fractures, cuts and bruises, and even death. Serious injuries usually occur when the child in the walker falls down the stairs. Even with child safety gates, there is still the chance for injury.

"I advise parents to dispose of their infant walkers, but first they should destroy them," says Dr. Barry Nathan, medical director of Pediatric Urgent Care at SJMH. He warns parents not to buy walkers or give them as gifts. The problem is so serious that there are members of the American Academy of Pediatrics who want infant walkers to be banned.
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Title Annotation:infant walkers
Publication:Special Delivery
Date:Jun 22, 1992
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