Turkish Archives of Pediatrics
Original Article

Evaluation of the effects of using a baby walker on trunk control and motor development

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Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Kırıkkale University Faculty of Health Sciences, Kırıkkale, Turkey

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Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Yüksek İhtisas University Faculty of Health Sciences, Ankara, Turkey

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Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Gazi University Faculty of Health Sciences, Ankara, Turkey

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Department of Social Pediatrics, Gazi University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey

Turk Arch Pediatr 2021; 56: 159-163
DOI: 10.14744/TurkPediatriArs.2020.48742
Read: 261 Downloads: 91 Published: 07 January 2021

Objective: This study aimed to evaluate the effects of the use of baby walkers on trunk control and motor development in typically developing children. 

Material and methods: Demonstrating standard developmental steps, 29 children (14 females, 15 males; mean age 10±1 month) who used a baby walker and 19 children (10 females, 9 males; mean age 10±1 month) who did not use a baby walker were included. Motor skills were assessed using the Alberta Infant Motor Scale and trunk control using Segmental Assessment of Trunk Control. 

Results: The motor development scores and trunk balance scores were found significantly lower in infants who used a baby walker compared with those not using a baby walker. 

Conclusion: It was concluded that the use of baby walkers might adversely affect the motor development of infants and this may be due to impaired trunk control. 

Cite this article as: Bezgin S, Uzun Akkaya K, Çelik Hİ, Duyan Çamurdan A, Elbasan B. Evaluation of the effects of using a baby walker on trunk control and motor development. Turk Arch Pediatr 2021; 56(2): 159-63.

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