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

Posted on: March 18th, 2015 by FloydBrace Blogger
Children often have a hard time adjusting to using a prosthetic. As a parent, you can help make this transition easier.

Children often have a hard time adjusting to using a prosthetic. As a parent, you can help make this transition easier.

Although we do our best to make sure that every child leaving Floyd Brace has a properly fitted orthotic device, many children still feel frustrated about having to wear one. It is understandable that children feel uncomfortable, especially if their treatment involves wearing the device 24/7. If a child is too uncomfortable with their orthotic device, it may be difficult to get them to wear the device at all.

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

  • Make sure that the child’s orthotic equipment is secure, as 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 these 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 be challenging for a child to psychologically adjust to using an orthotic device as well. To help your child adjust:

  • Explain that the orthotic will help them move 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.
  • Compliment your child on their progress and appearance to boost their confidence.

We work with children all the time at Floyd Brace! We know that it can be difficult for children to adjust to using an orthotic device. But as a parent, you can help! We offer tips for caregivers in our Resource Center. We care about your kids and want to help them thrive in any situation. Contact us for more information about child orthotics.

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