Walkers for Children with Birth Disorders

Factors That You Need to Consider

Before you begin searching for a walker, you should first consider a few factors to make the best decision. First, you have to think about how fast your child is growing. If you have a fast-growing child, they may outgrow a walker relatively quickly, meaning you will have to buy another one later on. That’s why you have to plan for these things in advance. You also have to think about where your child will use the walker. For example, will they use it at home or at school? Will they use it in an indoor environment or outdoors? In understanding these things, you can decide what type of walker will fit your child best for each situation.

Look at the amount of support that your child needs. For more severe cases, your child may need a walker that will help support them as they walk. It will also increase the level of safety around your child walking, reducing the risk of a fall. You should also check to see if your child has good head control. Typically, this develops without much thought given to it. But, children with CP struggle with this sometimes because the neurological condition prevents them from having good head control. It can be even more difficult if they have a more severe case of CP.

Looking at the Purpose

There are different walkers designed for different purposes, and some can even help treat a different birth disorder. For example, children who have trouble with walking may need more head, trunk, and pelvis support to make walking easier. You can get a walker without a frame so that your child can walk hands-free. With some, you can simulate walking so that the motion becomes easier for them. Not all children will have the same build. For that reason, you should use the measuring chart to get the most from a walker.

There is other equipment that might be more suitable for a child who has a more mild case of a disability. As much as possible, you want them to move on their own because this will allow them to lead a happier and healthier life. Through self-reliance, your child can discover their unique gifts, and this will give them a sense of confidence. Obviously, if they need a walker with greater support, however, you shouldn’t hesitate. You want to find an option that balances helping them without hindering their development. It all comes down to making life easier for them. If your child suffers from a birth injury and has to use a walker, you may be entitled to financial support to assist with the costs.

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