It is difficult to transport disabled children in a regular wheelchair. These wheelchairs do not provide enough support, causing the youngster to “droop” in the chair and be unable to sit or lie down in it safely.
When a kid sits upright in a paediatric wheelchair, positioning aids such as cushions, a headrest, a high back, and upper body belts provide support and stability. Early postural injury is avoided, and a therapeutically adjusted sitting position can be established.
Why choose these wheelchairs for your child?
For older children, commercial wheelchairs do not provide this option. A paediatric wheelchair with a seat that can be transformed into a surface on which the child can lie down is used in this situation. A medical equipment like an aspirator, can also be stored under the seat on a specific shelf.
A paediatric wheelchair or a Medifab stroller can also be used for older children who are unable to drive a normal wheelchair on their own or who are already too big for one. Even children with disabilities that allow them to walk for short distances on their own need a paediatric wheelchair at times to rest or recover.
Pediatric power wheelchairs come in the same basic configurations as conventional power wheelchairs:
- Rear-wheel drive models travel quickly but are difficult to handle in tight spaces
- Front-wheel drive models move slowly but turn sharply
- Mid-wheel drive models have the tightest turning capability but are less steady in stops and starts.
The paediatric wheelchair should be just one part of a comprehensive assistance package tailored to your child’s specific needs, abilities, and surroundings.
How to choose the right one for your child?
A medical practitioner should do a thorough assessment of your child’s needs in order to choose the appropriate power chair for each child. Consider the following:
- Which mobility controls are the most suitable;
- Physical and functional abilities; ability to control upper and lower extremities, as well as head and eye motions
- Ability to utilise joysticks or triggering switches; and
- Seating and posture support are required
You may also want to buy a model that will grow with your child in addition to these factors. Most power wheelchairs have adjustable brace supports and expandable frame portions, allowing your child’s chair to be utilised for many years.
A paediatric wheelchair, like the Medifab stroller and all mobility chairs, will need to be serviced on a regular basis. Aside from routine cleaning, the hardware, tyres, seat, braking system, control system, and batteries will all require regular testing.
Choosing the best paediatric power wheelchair is a process of weighing your child’s needs against the versatility of today’s chairs.