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What about Helmets?
One fairly common treatment option for head shape concerns are custom-made ‘remodelling’ helmets. It is not uncommon for parents to be very anxious about the prospect of this treatment and often parents arrive at therapy to report that their main goal is to avoid ‘needing’ a helmet.
Things a Parent Can Do At Home!
The best approach to managing or avoid a flat spot is to correct the reason it developed in the first place. Changing positioning and a baby’s movement patterns is the most effective early treatment of this condition
Start Here… Basic Definitions and Quesitons to Ask!
Any significant asymmetry in a baby’s head shape (where one side is very different to the other) should be considered a firm reason to look more closely and work out why that shape may have developed.
How to help your baby from almost there to walking there!
We have recently talked about ‘cruising’ and its value as an often overlooked infant motor skill.
Roll, sit, stand, walk... that’s the normal sequence right?
Well that’s the basic version yes, but perhaps there is another key skill to include in that list... ‘cruising’!
Is it a problem if your baby learns to walk before they have learnt to crawl? Is there something odd about your baby or is it something odd about ‘milestones’?
The Movement Team offer a specific Paediatric Physiotherapy service, it is rarely obvious though when and why a baby or child should see a Physio. Below are some basic and general guidelines. We are also very happy to take questions, jump on the phone or chat in clinic to help you understand when we might be able to help and we we aren't the best people to see!
3 simple tips to help a baby learn to crawl!
This week’s blog is a chance to share a few simple but very effective ideas on how to help a baby progress to crawling.
I actually don’t like the word ‘clumsy’. ‘Clumsy’ is not a definitive thing. As a label ‘clumsy’ only gives us negative information… and not even useful negative information! As a label it doesn’t help us improve; it doesn’t motivate us to be better; all it does is tell us we are not good at something.
So if the old wives tales are to be believed, W-sitting might be a sure sign of anything from future arthritic hips to flat feet. The truth though is a little less exact.
Especially in the first two years, parents are very often on the receiving end of the ‘how are they?’ and ‘are they doing x yet?’ double. Instead of x, insert any key milestone or achievement. Are they rolling yet? Are they sitting yet? Are they talking, crawling, eating, smiling, walking, or drawing yet?
Who Provides Our Paediatric Physiotherapy Service?
Tim is co-owner and director of The Movement Team.
Tim has worked across the breadth of paediatric health (acute hospital, disability care, developmental, community and private clinics) and completed numerous national and internationally recognised education courses in topics including developmental orthopaedics, high risk infant management, respiratory functioning and infant movement. Tim also holds an Advanced Physiotherapist position and has lead a Child Development Service in the public health sector.
Tim's formal training consists of:
Bachelor Physiotherapy (Hons) - University of Queensland
Graduate Diploma Paediatric Neurological Rehabilitation - University of Western Australia
Tim additionally holds the following positions and memberships:
Chairperson of the Queensland Paediatric Physiotherapy Clinical Network 2013 - 2016
Child Development Service Team Leader - 2016-2017
Australian Physiotherapy Association Member
Commonly Seen Conditions and Reasons to Refer to Paediatric Physiotherapy:
Reason number 1: You are worried about how your baby or child is moving!
More specifically, we commonly see infants and children:
FOR DEVELOPMENTAL CONCERNS
Delayed infant milestones
Altered gait mechanics (e.g. Toe Walking)
Weakness or muscle tone concerns
FOR 'POSITIONAL' INFANT CONCERNS
Head Orientation Preference
AFTER ADVERSE EVENTS
Brachial Plexus Injury
Surgical Events (E.g. recovery post Ortho/Cardiac/GIT intervention)
FOR IDENTIFIED CONDITIONS
Developmental Co-ordination Disorder
Congenital Structural Abnormalities