Baby walker related injuries--a continuing problem

Arch Emerg Med. 1991 Mar;8(1):52-5. doi: 10.1136/emj.8.1.52.


Baby walkers have been associated with burns, head trauma and other types of injury. A retrospective study of all infants under the age of two years attending an accident and emergency unit demonstrated 22 injuries associated with baby walkers from a total of 1049 attendances. The most serious injuries were three skull fractures, with the most common mechanism being of a fall downstairs in the walker. Injury while in a baby walker occurred with a similar frequency to injury due to road traffic accidents. We conclude that despite previous warnings Baby Walkers still represent a considerable hazard to infants.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Home* / prevention & control
  • Accidents, Traffic
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / etiology*
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant Equipment*
  • United Kingdom