How Can I Help My Child Adjust to Wearing an Orthotic Device?

Posted on: February 16th, 2015 by JPO Blogger
There are different ways you can help your child adjust mentally and physically to using an orthotic device.

There are different ways you can help your child adjust mentally and physically to using an orthotic device.

Although we make sure that all children leaving JP&O have a properly fitted orthotic device, many children still experience frustration at having to wear one. Depending on the treatment plan, your child may be required to wear the device all the time, so it is understandable that they would be uncomfortable. If a child is not comfortable with their orthotic device, it may be difficult to get them to wear the device.

In order to increase the comfort level for your child, try some of these tips:

  • Make sure that the child’s orthotic equipment is securely held. Loose fitting devices can cause rubbing and irritation.
  • Check your child’s skin quality regularly to make sure there are no areas with sores, calluses, blisters, or swollen skin. Sometimes an alcohol rub, cornstarch dusting, cream, lotion, or powder can help prevent skin breakouts.
  • Don’t use a brace if the skin is raw or broken down. Wait until the area heals.
  • Stick to a maintenance schedule for the cleaning, care and storage of the device.
  • Some children sweat where their device contacts the skin. Switching out socks once or twice a day will help the skin stay dry.
  • If your child’s toes extend beyond the device or they complain of pain or red marks, they may be outgrowing their orthotic.

It can also be challenging for a child to adjust to using an orthotic device psychologically as well. To help your child adjust:

  • Explain that the orthotic will help them move around and play with other kids.
  • Prepare your child with answers to questions that other children may ask about the device.
  • Show children pictures of other kids that use an orthotic device.
  • Instill confidence into your child by complimenting them on their progress and appearance.

At JP&O, we treat children all the time! We know that it can be difficult for them to adjust, but as a parent, you can help them. We offer some tips for caregivers in our Patient Resources for your reference. JP&O cares about your kids and we want to help them thrive! Contact us for more information or help with their orthotic devices.

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