Injury Prevention

Walkers

Medical experts do not recommend the use of walkers. Injuries as serious as skull fractures, concussions and broken limbs can occur if the walker tips over or if the baby falls down a staircase. However, if you do use a walker, please be sure to use the following guidelines.

  • Close and lock doors to stairways and block staircases with gates. Explain to older children that leaving doors open is not safe when a baby is in a walker.
  • Use walkers only on smooth surfaces. Edges of carpets, throw rugs and raised thresholds can cause a walker to tip over.
  • Never leave a child alone in a walker.
  • In a walker, a baby may be able to reach more items in the room and may move around faster. Constant supervision is essential.
Last Update
January 29, 2008
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Last Update
January 29, 2008
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