The majority of injuries in the study, about 91 percent, were to the head or neck.
That is a troubling statistic.
"Warning labels and educational campaigns have not been shown to be effective strategies for reducing baby walker-related injuries". "These are major injuries when they occur, and they are completely preventable". In 2009, the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) reported that baby walkers had been implicated in the deaths of eight children during the previous five years.
"I view infant walkers as inherently risky objects that have no benefit whatsoever and should not be sold in the US", Dr. Benjamin Hoffman, a pediatrician who chairs the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention, told National Public Radio. Walkers have been banned in Canada since 2004.
In the late 1990s, US manufacturers implemented voluntary safety features - primarily making walkers broader than a standard 36-inch-wide doorway and adding a braking feature that's supposed to keep the devices from tumbling down stairs.
The current study, which was conducted by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital, assessed the effect of those mandatory federal safety standards on walker-related injuries.
Between 1990 and 2014, an estimated 230,676 children 15 months and younger were treated for walker-related injuries in hospitals across the country.
When it comes to walkers, the AAP's advice to parents is simple: Get rid of them.
Amongst the top of the CPSC's concerns was preventing kids from falling down the stairs when facing the opposite way of a staircase, making sure that walkers were tipping resistant, making sure that walkers could bare the load of a child jumping and bouncing in his or her seat, and occupant retention (making sure that your child wouldn't be trapped in the seat by leg holes that were too small).
Despite improvements since standards became mandatory, Smith and his co-authors continue to see roughly 2,000 children a year treated in emergency rooms, often for serious injuries such as skull fractures. More than 10,000 of those youngsters ended up being admitted to the hospital.
This decrease is primarily because of a reduction in injuries from falling down stairs.
He added that even the most careful parents - especially parents who believe that monitored use of walkers is acceptable - shouldn't buy into the hype.
The study also uncovered a remarkably positive finding, however.
The number of walker-related injuries actually decreased by 84.5% during the 1990 to 2014 period, according to the study.
Most of that decline occurred during the 1990s. "There are safer alternatives, such as stationary activity centers that spin, rock, and bounce, but do not have wheels, and good old-fashioned belly time, where a child is placed on their belly on the floor and allowed to learn to gradually push themselves up, then crawl and eventually walk".
In the four years that the study examined after these safety regulations became federally mandated, injuries did fall by 22.7 percent.
Yet, infant walkers are still selling, and they remain a major cause of injury - sometimes fatal injury - among babies.
Infant walkers remain a "preventable source of injury" for young kids, enough that researchers believe they should be banned in the USA, says authors of a new study.
"It is a rare event to see such a dramatic drop in injuries - nearly unheard of", Dr. Smith acknowledged.