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SA Health and Kidsafe says parents should not buy hikers and jumpers and think floor time is better for infants.
SA healthcare staff, Dr. Nicola Spurrier, said in a statement that developmental delays in infants were associated with jumpers and hikers.
“Too much time in hikers and joggers teaches children to get up on their toes, which makes their calf muscles tighten and affect their ability to walk, and in some cases requires treatment with casting or surgery,” she said.
“Babies lack valuable floor time when spending too much time in hikers and joggers, circumventing important stages of development like rolling and creep.”
Jumpers and walkers can cause injuries and developmental delays. Source: Getty
Dr Spurrier said it had increased the risk of children and some had tipped over and even fallen down the stairs as they walked.
In jumps, damage can occur if the fingers get caught by the chain or springs by bouncing into walls or objects, or if infants are driven by another child, she says.
“SA Health and Kidsafe today launches a campaign to make the parents aware of the dangers and to discourage the use of hikers and training jams altogether.”
Childafe CEO Holly Fitzgerald said hikers and jumpers were popular products but could Also let children access things out of reach.  KidSafe and SA Health recommend that children get more floor time. Source: KidSafe / SA Health
“Children walkers can be dangerous because they allow children to move quickly around the house and access things that are usually not available,” she said in a statement.
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“Child wanderers do not help children learn to walk because they do not allow children to balance or use their muscles properly.”
Ms Fitzgerald urges parents to give their children’s floor time so they can develop and learn to roll, creep and sit up like
She said that parents could use push cars, standing activity tables and baby swings or rockers for young children as an alternative.