I was recently reading a Blog article on high Heel shoes for children. Normally I stay out of child care issues, that is more my sister’s expertise.
The only reason I commented is I personally think we are slowly returning to a society that makes women into objects. Combine this with our recent trend to make children into adults and the whole thing is somewhat perverse.
The following is my position on high heels for children (after a bit of quick research and a brief talk with a Chiropractor.) A high heel shoe puts your foot in a unnatural plantarflexed position, causing you to adjust the rest of your body to maintain your balance. Your lower body leans forward and your upper part body leans back to keep you balanced putting you at risk for losing your balance and spraining your ankles. They also cause poor back alignment and back pain. If you abuse the use of heels your hip flexor muscles are chronically overused, the muscles can shorten and a contracture can occur. If a contracture occurs, this could lead to flattening of the lumbar (low-back) spine. The earlier you begin to use them the more chance of damage there is. That is to say if you are letting your three year old wear them you are encouraging damage to their spine. There is no difference between letting your child drink Caffeine drinks too early and letting them wear heels. An occasional sip of coffee won’t hurt them but habitual use is bad for them (sleep disruption concentration issues etc…) If a little girl wants to dress up in shoes like mommy every once in a while there is little harm done but on a regular basis it is bad for them.
Before all the Barbie dolls respond by saying I am wrong you may want to talk to an accredited podiatrist, before you expound on the virtues of heels. The only reason for these female torture devices is they improve the look of your leg. It makes your legs look attractive. I must say that I enjoy the look, and a woman should have the choice to wear or not wear them, but marketing them for Children is both dangerous for their development and to some degree perverse. There is no good reason to make your child look attractive in this way. There is however a danger in doing so. Child abuse may not be as high as the media makes it out to be, but it is not insignificant. Encouraging the sexualization of children is just as bad if not worse than encouraging obesity, and it has been debated as to whether encouraging obesity in children is child abuse. Arguably this might be over doing it but the danger is not much different. The popularity of sexualised clothing for children is not insignificant or companies would not be marketing one inch heels for children as mentioned in the blog article referenced above. Also keep in mind if a heel is one inch on a woman it is not high, proportionally however on a child, the child might as well be wearing three inch stilettos.