When your child needs to use crutches, it is best to have your child fitted before buying. It is also advisable to have a health care provider to rain your child how to use it. Crutches for kids are not toys but a special tool with a special use.
Many special store and online sites offer crutches for kids but be sure to have a physician to help you order it for you. This will save you from buying inappropriate crutches that in the event may pose dangers to your child. However, ordering your child’s crutches can also be done by you if you know how to get the correct measurement.
Here are some things to bear in mind when taking your kid’s crutches measurement.
- Have the peak of the crutch at least 2 fingers width deep measuring starts in the armpit. Hence, consider the shoulders to be relaxed when taking the measurement.
- Make sure, if the arm is hanged straightly downward, the hand part has to be leveled with the wrist.
- Measure the length of the crutch by holding its top side connecting the chest and the upper internal part of the arm. This will help lessen pressure, which may result in damaged blood vessels and nerves.
- Hand rest must be padded and supports the weight when hands are on it.
- The top of the crutches should not push up to the armpit. Have your child stand straight as to measure the length from the chest down.
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It is also useful to remind your child some precautions to avoid incidents.
- Take extra precautions on slicks and wet surfaces.
- As much as possible avoid throw rugs to avoid stepping over
- Remind him/her not to hop around holding on furniture and non -fixed furniture to avoid sliding and falling.
- Keep the crutches always near for easy reach
- Have your child wear low-heeled shoes to prevent slipping off. Rubber sneakers are best.
- Avoid ramps or slopes or at least be careful of walking on these areas.
- Remind your child not to remove any part of the crutches especially the rubber tips.
If your child needs crutches, it does not mean limiting your child’s mobility. Crutches for kids are offered and available to help your child live as normal just like the other kids.