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Sir.—We would like to comment on the article "The Infant Walker: A Previously Unrecognized Health Hazard" by Drs Kavanagh and Banco (Journal 1982;136:205-206).
The validity of this study without a control group is highly suspect. An unattended or even closely watched infant is a health hazard to himself. He can propel himself down a flight of stairs, hit his head against a porcelain bathtub while being held tightly by his mother, slide out of a high chair after being strapped in with a three-point harness, pull a plant over on top of himself, be attacked by a frightened family cat that he has stalked into a corner, or even eat his pediatrician's prescription form before it can be filled despite the attentions of both parents. Our 9-month-old infant has done all of these things during the past three months but has had no problems at all with her
HENDRICKS WM, HENDRICKS CG. Infancy and Health Hazards. Am J Dis Child. 1982;136(10):953. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/archpedi.1982.03970460083025
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