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Pediatric Physical Therapy is the first and only peer-reviewed journal devoted to this discipline. The Journal provides a forum for scientific and professional exchange among researchers and practitioners throughout the world that represent subspecialties of the discipline, including early intervention, neonatology, pediatric sports and fitness, school physical therapy, acute care for seriously ill children, and the prevention of primary and secondary conditions that lead to disabling conditions. Official Journal of APTA Pediatrics, an Academy of the American Physical Therapy Association, The Dutch Association for Pediatric Physical Therapy, Physiotherapia Paediatrica, The New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists Pediatric Special Interest Group, and The Pediatric Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
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Association Between Baby Walker Use and Infant Functional Motor Development
Purpose: The aim of this study was to determine the association between baby walker use and infant motor development, quality of gait, and potential development of lower extremity deformities. Methods: An anonymous survey was conducted among 6874 parents and legal guardians regarding the use of baby walkers, their children's development, and the occurrence of lower extremity deformities and gait disorders. A total of 969 questionnaires were returned. Results: Baby walkers were used by 15.6% of children. A higher percentage of children who used baby walkers omitted crawling compared with the 10.7% of children who did not use baby walkers. Gait disorders occurred at a similar percentage in both groups. Conclusions: Use of baby walkers may be associated with infant motor development. Infants who used a baby walker were 3 times more likely to not have crawled for mobility than those who did not use a baby walker.