II. Background

  1. AAP recommends ban on walker manufacture and sale

III. Description

  1. Used to allow pre-ambulatory children to "walk"
  2. Rigid frame on wheels with attached soft seat

IV. Risks: Serious Injury

  1. U.S. Emergency Room visit data
    1. Walker-related injuries in 1999 alone: 8800
    2. Most walker injuries involve stairs
  2. Types of injuries
    1. Deaths (34 from 1973 to 1998)
    2. Fractures
    3. Closed head injuries

V. Benefits

  1. None
  2. Walkers do not promote early ambulation
    1. Children using Walkers have delayed ambulation
    2. Delayed sitting, crawling, and walking

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Ontology: Infant Walkers (C0004583)

Concepts Manufactured Object (T073)
MSH D015370
English Baby Walker, Baby Walkers, Infant Walker, Walker, Baby, Walker, Infant, Walkers, Baby, Walkers, Infant, baby walker, infant walker, baby walkers, infant walkers, walker infant, babies walker, Infant Walkers
Portuguese Andadores de Bebê
Spanish Andadores Infantiles
German Kindergehhilfen, Gehfrei
French Trotteurs, Youpalas, Trotte-bébé
Czech dětská chodítka
Italian Walker per bambini, Deambulatore per l'infanzia
Norwegian Gåstoler for babyer
Dutch Kinderlooprekken