Kids Zone: Pediatric Wheelchair Options

Hopefully you will never be faced with the dilemma of needing a wheelchair for your child, but if you ever do it’s good to know that there are plenty of options. Each child is different; therefore there is no cookie-cutter formula for pediatric wheelchairs. As opposed to wheelchairs designed for adults, those designed for children require a slightly different approach. Depending upon your child’s specific needs, you can rest assured that you can safely transport them wherever they need to go.

What’s the Difference?

Many people may think that all wheelchairs are alike, but that could not be further from the truth. The proposition of being in a seated position for long periods of time can not only be uncomfortable but it can lead to serious health issues such as pressure sores and skin breakdowns. The last thing any of us want to do is to see our child in any kind of discomfort so it’s important to properly fit any wheelchair to its individual user. Your doctor should refer you to a physical therapist in order to have your child properly measured to maximize proper design and comfort. Below is a diagram that shows the many different measurements that could be taken to fit a wheelchair to its user.


Many, Many Choices


After a consultation with your physical therapist, you may have questions as to what your options are. Questions such as: is trunk stability a necessity? Or do I need a wheelchair that tilts? If so, should it tilt in space? One important issue that might be overlooked is where the wheelchair might be used. For instance, if the child in the wheelchair has a sibling that plays soccer, the terrain may actually be uneven and may require a sturdier option. The Convaid Cruiser Scout Multi-Terrain Transit Pediatric Wheelchair is designed with a 20° fixed tilt to promote good posture as well as stability. It has disc brakes with knobby wheels to tackle every terrain. If an adjustable tilt feature is important, the Invacare Orbit Pediatric Wheelchair offers a range of 90°-170° of back recline. Its detachable seat frame also has a 55° tilt range. The ability for a wheelchair to tilt cannot be overstated. This allows the caregiver or the user the ability to shift pressure points and minimize any skin complications. Many pediatric wheelchairs offer the ability to tilt in space. This minimizes the space needed in order to tilt or recline the chair. The Kanga TS Pediatric 10" Tilt-In-Space Wheelchair offers tilt in space adjust-ability to allow both children and adults who need minimal to moderate support to maintain a proper sitting posture. The Kanga provides 45 degrees of tilt to allow for pressure relief and gravity-assisted positioning. The Invacare MyOn Junior Ultra Lightweight Folding Wheelchair provides a child friendly design as well as a multitude of custom features to fit just about every patients need.

Go for a Stroll

What if you wish to take a quick walk but don’t want to push a full-size wheelchair? For lightweight duty, a pediatric stroller might be your ticket. These mobility aids allow for simple easy use while still providing proper seating and safety. The Clarke Corzo Basic Pediatric Positioning Stroller has padded upholstery which is removable and machine washable, not to mention, a five point harness and deep traction wheels. Many times your walks may take you someplace a conventional wheelchair or stroller just can’t accommodate. Picture how much fun it would be to take your child on a nice leisurely stroll on the beach. Almost all conventional wheelchairs and strollers would fail in their ability to make this possible, but the Beach Pediatric Baby Stroller with Hood makes this dream a reality. Its large, low pressure polyurethane wheels make traversing any uneven terrain, such as sand, a simple endeavor allowing parents to jog on the beach with their child while shielding them from the sun. Whatever your requirements may be, your child’s safety and comfort can be tailored to fit their specific need.


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