Selecting a wheelchair for your child is not a quick and easy process. However, with the help of a professional physical therapist, the wheelchair supplier, and any other people who have daily contact with your child, such as his teachers, you’ll have the resources needed to choose the best wheelchair possible for your child and his physical needs.
There are several things to keep in mind when considering a wheelchair for your child. Some children require a “basic” power chair, whereas others require a power chair with specialized features. Still, others can manage very well at home with a manual wheelchair. Keep in mind that just as with adult size wheelchairs, pediatric wheelchairs can be customized to meet your child’s physical challenges. Regardless of which style you choose, it should be comfortable for your baby and provide for them as much freedom of mobility as possible.
How to choose a wheel chair for your child
How will the pediatric wheelchair be moved from home to your destination? Do you have the right vehicle to transport a power chair if needed?
How will the parent transfer the child in and out of the presidency? Parents need to know some tools can help them protect their child and their physical well-being while moving the child from place to place.
Child’s physical needs
What will the wheelchair have to do to accommodate your baby’s specific needs?
The weight of the wheel chair
How thick is the chair? Will the parent have to lift the seat on a regular basis?
A pediatric wheelchair should have armrests and footrests that are movable or completely detach from the wheelchair.
What sort of terrain does your child negotiate each day? Does he go to school? Does he participate in sports? What climate do you live in? Will you or the child have to motor through mud, sand, or snow?
Wheelchairs for children should “grow” with the child. In other words, a pediatric wheelchair should have cross braces that can be changed out as the child grows. Changing the cross braces is less expensive than investing in a new chair with each growth spurt.
High quality, comfortable cushion is an absolute must for a child. Your physical therapist can give you pointers in this area as well. Parents know what is best for their child in almost every situation, but when it comes to knowing how to choose a wheelchair for your child, depend on the experts to give you assistance during what could otherwise be a very emotional and overwhelming experience.