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Emergency Medical Minute


Nov 16, 2018

Author: Don Stader, MD

Educational Pearls:


  • Recent study has revealed that infant walkers are more harmful than helpful
  • Infant walkers can also delay motor function
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics calls for a ban on walkers as they are a preventable cause of injury



Siegel AC, Burton RV. (1999).Effects of baby walkers on motor and mental development in human infants. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 20:355–361.

Sims A, et al. (2018). Infant Walker-Related Injuries in United States. Pediatrics 142(4).

Summary by Travis Barlock, MS4  | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD