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Falls - Identifying High-Risk Situations

Certain age groups among children are more prone to certain types of falls. For example, infants are more likely to fall from furniture, while toddlers are more likely to fall from windows. Older children sustain more fall-related injuries from playground equipment.

A warning about baby walkers:

Baby walker-related injuries kill two children a year. In 2001 alone, more than 6,400 children were treated for baby-walker related injuries. Consider these statistics:

In addition to increasing the risk of falls down stairs, baby walkers give small children access to hot substances on tables and stoves, as well as poisonous substances. Based on these alarming statistics, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Association for Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) have called for a ban of baby walkers.

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