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More than 9,000 US children are injured by infant walkers every year, study finds

Story highlights

  • Around 230,000 children under 15 months old were treated for injuries related to infant walkers between 1990 and 2014
  • The most common cause of injury -- 74.1% -- was falling down stairs
  • The devices have no developmental advantages, and create a risk for children, says the American Academy of Pediatrics

(CNN)Changes in safety standards led to a steep drop in the number of babies injured using infant walkers. Still, more than 9,000 US children are injured using the devices every year, according to a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

Between 1990 and 2014 an estimated 230,676 children under 15 months old were treated for injuries related to infant walkers, according to a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.
More than 90% of incidents led to head and neck injuries and the most common cause of injury -- 74.1% -- was falling down stairs. Other causes of injury included falling out of the walker, and proximity-related injuries such as a child pulling or touching an object that they were able to reach when in the device.
    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has called for a ban on baby walkers with wheels. It suggests parents throw away walkers in their homes and entertain their children in stationary activity centers and other activities. The devices have no developmental advantages, and create a risk for children, according to the AAP. Other countries, such as Canada, have a complete ban on the sale and manufacture of baby walkers.