After surgery or an injury, your child may need crutches to walk. Your child needs crutches for support so that she doesnot put weight on her hurt leg. Using crutches isn’t easy and takes practice. Make sure that your child’s crutches fit right and learn some safety tips.
Ask your child’s health care provider to fit the crutches to your child. Proper fit makes using crutches easier and keeps your child from getting hurt when using them. Even if your child is fitted for their crutches:
Teach your child to:
Things parents can do:
If your child does not seem safe on crutches even after practicing with you, call the doctor. The doctor can refer you to a physical therapist who can teach your child how to use crutches.
If your child complains of numbing, tingling, or loss of feeling in their arm or hand, call the doctor.
Updated by: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.
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