The "parenting artifact" that helps the baby learn to walk, the mother treats it as a treasure, the pediatrician calls for a stop

time:2023-02-07 author:Baby care
The "parenting artifact" that helps the baby learn to walk, the mother treats it as a treasure, the pediatrician calls for a stop

"Should a walker be used or not" is a question that every parent with a baby has repeatedly thought about and considered. Because the baby is lively and active in the process of toddler, it makes the parents overwhelmed and exhausted. "Should I use a walker? How should I use it?" This question should be viewed from the perspective of the physical development of infants and young children, and cannot be generalized. Sun Ting is a working mother who usually brings her daughter to her parents-in-law. When he came home from get off work one day, he saw his mother-in-law unpacking the baby walker for his 4-month-old granddaughter. Sun Ting suddenly remembered that an expert said not to use a walker for children too early, it is not good for health. Therefore, she reminded her mother-in-law that the child was too young to use a walker. The mother-in-law explained: "Buy it and keep it for later use when the child is older." The next day after work, Sun Ting heard her mother-in-law's praise before entering the door: "Nini can walk, it's great!" Sure enough , as soon as she entered the door, she saw her daughter "walking" in the walker. Sun Ting said angrily: "Didn't I agree, I will use it again in a few months? Why is it used now?" The mother-in-law said confidently: "I gave birth to 2 children and learned to walk with a walker. It's not very good now." There must be many families who have conflicts between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law caused by a walker. Many parents regard the baby walker as a "parenting artifact" to help their baby learn to walk, and many pediatricians regard it as a beast, and have repeatedly called for the ban on the sale of this product.

So are walkers really dangerous?

Back in 2004, Canada banned the production and sale of baby walkers, or even the importation of the product, for the simple reason that baby walkers can cause injury to babies. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, between 1990 and 2014, nearly 300,000 infants under 15 months of age in the United States were injured by walkers and required emergency treatment. Ninety percent of infants suffered head and neck injuries, and 5% suffered upper extremity injuries. To this end, the American Consumers Association has formulated the baby walker standard, which strictly controls the width and braking mechanism of the baby walker. It is required that the width of the baby walker must exceed the width of the indoor door to prevent the baby from rolling down the stairs; when one wheel of the baby walker is suspended in the air, the baby walker must brake to prevent the baby from falling. Not to mention, this rule has had an immediate effect as soon as it was introduced. In the same year, the accident of infants due to baby walkers decreased by 20% year-on-year.

What are the dangers of walkers for children

For infants and toddlers who cannot walk, walkers help them open a door so they can sit Go anywhere with a walker, including dangerous places of course. Most of the baby walkers do not have a speed limiter. In addition, the baby's body weight is not coordinated, and the upper body is heavy and the lower body is light. It is very easy to overturn or roll over when encountering obstacles. The walker is so fast that even if the parents are around the child, there is no time to react. According to the survey, the common injuries of children in the process of using the walker are: 1. There are several wheels under the walker to facilitate the child's activities. Once it encounters steps and the edge of the floor, it will overturn. Babies in the toddler stage have basically no protection ability, and they are prone to bumps and falls once the car rolls over. 2. Burns As we mentioned earlier, the walker greatly increases the baby's range of motion. If parents are not aware of their safety, the baby is likely to be scalded by hot water if they accidentally touch the tablecloth. 3. Drowning If children are outdoors, they may roll over into a pond or pool, inducing the risk of drowning.

Since the risk of a walker is so high, can a walker still be used?

We often say that everything has two sides. Still more harm than good. As for whether a walker should be used or not, first of all, it depends on whether it can teach children to walk. The study found that most children did not learn to walk earlier than others because of the use of walkers, but caused the children to walk erratically and have looped legs. Pediatric experts in Europe followed 200 babies and found that 102 of the babies who used a walker were 3 to 4 weeks behind those who didn't use a walker in both crawling and walking. At the same time, because the cloth of the walker is too high, the more than 100 babies have problems with tiptoe walking and O-shaped legs when walking. You must say it, wouldn't it be enough to lower the cross cloth? Of course not. The muscles and bones of your baby's legs are not yet mature enough to support the body's weight. If the cloth is too low, it will increase the pressure on the baby's legs, causing the arch of the foot to collapse, the problem of flat feet, and seriously affect the development of the spine.

Summary Suggestions

Although the shortcomings and hazards of baby walkers have been exposed, many parents are eager to save effort and have illusions about baby walkers. One of the most important reasons is that walkers really free their hands and reduce the burden. Here, I want to tell those parents who have a fluke mentality, don't think that you can stop the danger in time before it comes, and when the danger occurs, you know that it is all self-deception.
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