Toddlers Reach Unexpected Heights

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 5 (UPI) — U.S. researchers warn parents and caregivers that many toddlers as young as 12 months can reach up to the top of a standard, 36-inch counter.

Lead author David Allasio Children’s Hospital of Michigan says of the 54 children ages 12 to 23 months who participated, 76 percent could reach at least some distance, with many of the children able to reach as far as 8 inches onto the countertop to reach for a toy phone. The children were of various weights and heights, and some wore shoes while others did not, the researchers say.

The children were able to reach “much farther than anticipated,” Allasio said in a statement.

Many of the younger children were able to reach the countertop and phone by pushing up onto their tip-toes — a milestone not expected in children until age 22 months, Allasio says.

The researchers warn that children could pull down a cup of hot liquid such as coffee and sustain serious burns requiring hospital admission. Children can also pull down knives or heavy objects that could hit them on the head.

“Findings from the research are important as it will help us reduce pain, financial costs and parental distress associated with scald-related burns to children, and the information can be used to better educate parents,” Allasio told the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco.

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