Table 1

Paediatricians’ attitudes towards walkers and walker health promotion (%)

QuestionStrongly agree (score  =  1)Agree (score  =  2)Not sure (score  =  3)Disagree (score  =  4)Strongly disagree (score  =  5)
[missing values]
*Included in paediatricians’ attitude towards walkers scale.
†Included in paediatricians’ attitudes towards walker health promotion scale.
Paediatricians’ attitudes towards walkers
Baby walkers can be associated with developmental delay in children* [7]19 (8.8)69 (32.1)38 (17.7)76 (35.3)13 (6.0)
The benefits of baby walkers outweigh the risks* [4]2 (0.9)18 (8.3)29 (13.3)86 (39.4)83 (38.1)
Baby walkers give babies mobility when they are not ready for it* [6]40 (18.5)117 (54.2)28 (13.0)29 (13.40)2 (0.9)
Other equipment could provide just as much enjoyment as baby walkers* [6]52 (24.1)128 (59.3)26 (12.0)10 (4.6)0 (0)
Injuries in baby walkers occur rarely* [7]5 (2.3)44 (20.5)34 (15.8)95 (44.2)37 (17.2)
Parents are more likely to leave their child unsupervised if they are in a walker* [4]29 (13.3)127 (58.3)32 (14.7)30 (13.8)0 (0)
Parents who use walkers with their children fail to recognise the dangers* [6]36 (16.7)124 (57.4)28 (13.0)27 (12.5)1 (0.5)
Paediatricians’ attitudes towards walker health promotion
Parents do not get consistent advice on baby walkers from health professionals [5]24 (11.1)129 (59.4)48 (22.1)14 (6.5)2 (0.9)
Paediatricians should advise parents not to use baby walkers† [5]38 (17.5)116 (53.5)36 (16.6)22 (10.1)5 (2.3)
Other health professionals have more responsibility to advise on baby walkers [7]26 (12.1)112 (52.1)22 (10.2)51 (23.7)4 (1.9)
Injury prevention specialists over emphasise the dangers of baby walkers† [6]0 (0)32 (14.8)58 (26.9)103 (47.7)23 (10.6)
In paediatrics, other safety issues are more important than baby walker injuries† [10]8 (3.8)111 (52.4)29 (13.7)59 (27.8)5 (2.4)
The professional bodies in paediatrics should recommend that parents do not use walkers† [4]21 (9.6)117 (53.7)51 (23.4)26 (11.9)3 (1.4)
Professional bodies should campaign to ban baby walkers† [6]13 (6.0)43 (19.9)61 (28.2)94 (43.5)5 (2.3)
Professional bodies should advise industry about designing baby walkers to make them safer [5]17 (7.8)116 (53.5)39 (18.0)41(18.9)4 (1.8)
Educating parents about the risks of baby walkers is likely to be more beneficial than trying to ban their sale [4]21 (9.7)139 (64.4)25 (11.6)28 (13.0)3 (1.4)
Parents can access enough information about the risks and benefits of baby walkers† [5]2 (0.9)16 (7.4)59 (27.3)123 (56.9)16 (7.4)