Daily physical activity for children provides a number of advantages and health benefits for development. According to Dr. Edward Laskowski of Mayo Clinic, children should do vigorous activities at least three days a week. Adults who care for children can encourage them to participate in active play that includes many common school-age activities-such as playing on playground equipment. Despite all the musculoskeletal benefits of running, climbing, and jumping, there are always considerations to best ensure safety and pain-free play.
The simple answer is “yes.” Babies can go to physical therapy. Babies of all ages can benefit from skilled physical therapy for various reasons. To break it down, we’ll look at the who, what, where, and why our little ones can share the gym with the average population!
Your beautiful bundle of joy has made their debut, and all you want to do is snuggle your precious little one, or your little seems always to want to be close to you. If this sounds like your situation, I can 100% relate because I have a five-month-old and a 2.5-year-old. I treat upper extremity injuries, and I never considered the importance of body mechanics when lifting and carrying my little ones until I started to experience the aches and pains of loving on my precious little ones at all hours of the day and night. Our little ones love us no matter the learning curve parenthood requires, and they need us at our healthiest. Let me share some tips I have learned.
Welcome to parenthood! Your baby is finally here, now what are all the things you need to know? One big worry for many parents is if their child is developing normally. The stages of pediatric development are fluid and vary from child to child. Continue reading as I discuss some major motor milestones for children. Be sure to enjoy each of these moments with your children because they will go by fast!
There is so much for new parents to know, including concerns as parents bring home their new baby. A huge need for babies is tummy time. As a physical therapist, I recommend to my parent patients that they should attempt to perform a few minutes of tummy time every awake period. This allows for the baby to avoid constantly laying on their back after and right before a nap. Below are four things you should know about tummy time:
As a physical therapist that works with children, I educate my patient’s family and caregivers on the importance of each and every motor milestone relevant to the child’s age. Often, each milestone assists in the development of the following milestone.1 For example, before a child can crawl on hands and knees, they often develop the skill of moving forward in an army crawl position.
Many people see or hear Athletico Physical Therapy and relate our name to the treatment of athletes or joint replacement rehabilitation. However, Athletico offers a variety of quality care options, including Pediatric Physical Therapy!
Growth plate injuries account for 15% of all skeletal injuries in children and occur twice as often in boys. Besides the occasional bump or bruise, children should not complain of regular pain. If your child comes to you concerned with new aches and pains; take a moment to run through a checklist that might help our healthcare professionals help you even better. (more…)