Hesperian Health Guides
Chapter 43: Crutch Use, Cane Use, and Wheelchair Transfers
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In this chapter:
MAKING SURE THE CRUTCH FITS THE CHILD
When the child stands, the crutch should be 2 or 3 fingers’ width below the armpit.
The elbow should be bent a little so that the child can lift herself up to swing her feet through.
Walking with crutches
|Some children walk best by taking steps, one foot at a time.||For better balance and position, move the right crutch forward together with the left leg, and then the left crutch together with the right leg. Her ‘tracks’ should look like this.|
|‘SWING TO’ WALKING||‘SWING THROUGH’ WALKING|
|Many children who have difficulty taking steps use crutches by pulling or swinging both feet forward to the level of the crutch tips. Then they advance the crutches and pull themselves forward again.||Although at first they may be afraid to try it, many of these children can learn to ‘swing through’ between like this.|
|This way is slow but sure.||This way is fast and fun.|
This page was updated:19 Jan 2018