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Go naked: diapers affect infant walking.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23106732     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
In light of cross-cultural and experimental research highlighting effects of childrearing practices on infant motor skill, we asked whether wearing diapers, a seemingly innocuous childrearing practice, affects infant walking. Diapers introduce bulk between the legs, potentially exacerbating infants' poor balance and wide stance. We show that walking is adversely affected by old-fashioned cloth diapers, and that even modern disposable diapers - habitually worn by most infants in the sample - incur a cost relative to walking naked. Infants displayed less mature gait patterns and more missteps and falls while wearing diapers. Thus, infants' own diapers constitute an ongoing biomechanical perturbation while learning to walk. Furthermore, shifts in diapering practices may have contributed to historical and cross-cultural differences in infant walking.
Authors:
Whitney G Cole; Jesse M Lingeman; Karen E Adolph
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural     Date:  2012-09-07
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental science     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1467-7687     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Sci     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-30     Completed Date:  2013-04-05     Revised Date:  2013-07-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9814574     Medline TA:  Dev Sci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  783-90     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
© 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, New York University, 6 Washington Place, New York, NY 10003, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Age Factors
Child Development / physiology*
Diapers, Infant / adverse effects*
Gait / physiology*
Humans
Infant
Walking / physiology*
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
R37 HD033486/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R37HD033486/HD/NICHD NIH HHS
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