Study about infant walkers
Injuries associated with infant walkers
This article discusses infant injuries caused by the use of baby walkers.
In a study conducted in the United States in 1999, 8800 children aged less than 15 months were treated in emergency rooms for injuries resulting from baby walkers. It was concluded that majority of the cases were caused by falling down stairs, consequently leading to head injuries.
In another study that recorded injuries of infants under one year old, 8.9 out of 1000 infant admissions were also due to baby walker injuries. It was found that specifically neck and head injuries comprised 97% of the overall baby walker injuries. Head injuries included bruises and swelling on the forehead, head, face, and cheeks. In serious cases, injuries include concussion, skull fractures, intracranial hemorrhages, cervical spine fracture, full-thickness burns, and death.
There were 34 infant deaths reported in the period from 1997 to 1998 attributed to baby walkers.
American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Injury and Poison Prevention
Pediatrics Sept 2001; 108(3):790-92.
The American Academy of Paediatrics states that the evidence of major and minor injury and death from baby walkers warrants a recommendation to ban the manufacture and sale of this product altogether.