Doctors, Parents Debate Kids in Heels

A pair of sparkly, peekaboo shoes with heels 2 inches high are favorites of 6-year-old Helena Bell ever since she got them for a wedding.

Dana Bell of Woodland Hills, Calif., says it's not her preference that her child wears heels, but she's stopped fighting it.

Images of 3-year-old Suri Cruise, daughter of actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, in blingy heels recently hit magazines and the Internet.

Holmes told Access Hollywood she considers the kitten heels supportive because they were made for youngsters learning ballroom dancing.

Michael Penrod, who's a sales representative for a showing at Dallas Market Center, says adult styles began surfacing in children's footwear a decade ago.

Dr. Matthew Dairman of Suffolk, Va., with the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, urges parents to limit children's wear to once or twice a week for four hours at a stretch -- if at all.

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