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Trends in Medical Research
  Year: 2016 | Volume: 11 | Issue: 2 | Page No.: 76-81
 
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Effect of Usage of Baby Walker on Acquisition and Pattern of Independent Gait in Normal Children

Marian Magdy Shafeek and Emam Hassan El-Negmy

Abstract:
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of using baby walker (bw) on acquisition and pattern of independent gait in normal children. One hundred normal children of both gender with age ranged from 6-10 months participated in this study, they were recruited from day care center, nursery, health care office and waiting room of pediatric clinics. Parent of all participants signed the informed consent. The children met the inclusive and exclusive criteria. They were categorized according to using baby walker into three groups: Group (A) didn’t use bw, group (B) low users of bw and group (C) high users of bw. The age of acquisition of independent walking were registered by days for all children in all groups (A, B and C) by following up the children, two methods were used to evaluate gait pattern which included digital camera with AutoCAD motion program and foot print techniques. The results revealed statistically significant difference between the three groups (A, B and C) in age of acquisition of independent gait in favor of group A and also statistically significant difference was recorded in all gait parameter and gait pattern between the three groups and most of these differences came in favor of group A and that reflect the effect of baby walker in delayed gait acquisition and disturbed normal gait pattern in newly walker children.
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Marian Magdy Shafeek and Emam Hassan El-Negmy, 2016. Effect of Usage of Baby Walker on Acquisition and Pattern of Independent Gait in Normal Children. Trends in Medical Research, 11: 76-81.

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=tmr.2016.76.81

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