Unsafe at Any Speed: Infant Walkers
A few of us are old enough to remember the origin of part of the title, but, of course, this article is not about the Chevy Corvair [we actually had one, and we liked it!]; rather, this article concerns dangers related to infant walkers. If you go shopping in any baby department or super store, or should you attend a baby shower, you're almost guaranteed to come across infant walkers. Parents feel that they are essential, “must-have” nursery equipment, and no doubt about it, infants in walkers are happy being upright, are able to travel about the house and entertain themselves for hours at a time. What could be wrong about that? Actually, quite a lot.

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Author:Karen Edmondson RN, MN
Course No:SIW081811
Contact Hours:1.00
Delivery Method:Online Self Study
Category:Community & Home Health
Medical & Surgical Issues
Pediatric Medicine

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Learning Objectives
  • Describe various risks for potential injury related to infant walkers.
  • Discuss developmental effects related to use of infant walkers
  • Recommend strategies to decrease risk for injury when using the infant walker
  • Advise parents about safe and developmentally appropriate alternatives to infant walkers


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