This section of Living made easy for children lists a range of children's walking equipment. It includes walking frames and sticks, crutches, trainer walkers and walking equipment accessories.
Walking equipment is used for two main purposes - as part of rehabilitation programmes, and as a long-term mobility aid enabling children to explore their environment and gain independence. Read more about the functions of walking equipment.
As a general rule, you should not consider buying mobility equipment privately without first consulting your child's physiotherapist. It is important that the walking equipment is right for your child, and suits the skills they have. Also, to ensure appropriate equipment is selected, it is important that your child's lifestyle and home environment is professionally reviewed.
Speak to your child's physiotherapist about how and where to use the walker with your child. For example, the equipment may not be suitable to use outdoors, or over long distances when your child may get tired. Also, always contact the physiotherapist to adjust the walker if your child has grown rather than adjusting the walker yourself.
Regular maintenance of walking equipment is essential to ensure its safety. Checks should be made for signs of wear and tear, particularly at the site of screws and height adjustment mechanisms. All ferrules should be checked regularly and replaced as appropriate.
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