Baby Walkers and Injuries: What You Need to Know

Does your little one cruise around in a baby walker? 

The nation’s pediatricians are once again calling for a ban on the manufacture and sale of these walkers—saying they’re just too dangerous.

Common Baby Walker Injuries

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has warned parents for years about the injury risks of baby walkers and sought a ban on the wheeled devices, which help babies get around before they've mastered walking.

A recent study in the journal Pediatrics renewed calls for that ban. The study, reviewing 230,676 infant walker injuries from 1990-2014, found that:

  • 74% resulted from falling down stairs while in a baby walker
  • 91% were to the head or neck
  • 4.5% of the children injured were admitted to the hospital

Other injuries included burns (from rolling into a hot stove) and drowning (after rolling into a pool).

If you have a baby walker, consider the injury risks and that pediatricians do not recommend their use.

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