9,000 U.S. Babies Per Year Injured By Infant Walkers
AROUND 230,000 CHILDREN UNDER 15 MONTHS OLD WERE TREATED FOR INJURIES RELATED TO INFANT WALKERS BETWEEN 1990 AND 2014
(CNN) – Authors of a new study on infant walkers want them off the market.
The study, published in the Journal Pediatrics, found between 1990 and 2014, more than 230,000 children under the age of 15 months were treated for injuries linked to walkers.
That’s an average of more than 9,000 a year.
More than 90% of the incidents involved head and neck injuries, while 74% were injured falling down the stairs while using an infant walker.
In 2014, about 2,000 kids were injured due to infant walkers.
Researchers on the study as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics, which publishes the Journal Pediatrics, have called for a ban on the walkers in the United States.