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Online consumers remain unaware of health risks associated with mobile infant walkers

May 1, 2015

SAN DIEGO — Despite an AAP-recommended ban on the manufacture and sale of mobile infant walkers, due to injuries and infant development delays, online consumers continued to highly rate these devices, according to data presented here.

“The AAP warns against the use of baby walkers, secondary to both injury and developmental concerns, yet they continue to be a popular baby item,” Ruth Milanaik, DO, from the Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, NY, told Infectious Diseases in Children. “Parents are especially vulnerable to advertising that depict happy babies enjoying the freedom of movement provided by their baby walkers without seeing the warnings that babies in walkers can be injured in falls and could reach dangerous items placed on previous safe surfaces.”

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