Thermal injury associated with infant walking-aids

Burns Incl Therm Inj. 1988 Jun;14(3):244-7. doi: 10.1016/0305-4179(88)90049-6.


Leicester Royal Infirmary and Government statistics have shown that an increase in the use of baby-walkers has been accompanied by a rise in the incidence of burns associated with their use. These burns tend to be more severe than the average for this age-group. Three case histories are presented as illustrations. The head, neck and hands are particularly affected. Three mechanisms of injury are identified. Safety guidelines are unrealistic and not enforced, testing is inadequate, and the devices hinder normal motor development.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Burns / epidemiology
  • Burns / etiology*
  • Burns / pathology
  • Equipment Design
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Motor Activity
  • Orthopedic Equipment* / standards
  • Walkers* / standards