Gates placed at the top of stairs or in doorways are used to keep toddlers away from hazardous areas of the home.
Parents shouldn't use old accordion-type gates, which open to form diamond-shaped patterns with wide V's at the top. These can trap a baby's head and have resulted in strangulation deaths.
What to look for:
Reviewed by: Kate M. Cronan, MD
Date reviewed: February 2010
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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