Pediatric wheelchairs are mobile aids designed for and used by children. Children require the use of a wheelchair for different reasons - some have suffered head injuries, some have muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy, some are amputees, who are not candidates for artificial limbs, and others make limited use of their wheelchairs in lieu of a walker or crutches.
When purchasing a pediatric wheelchair for you child, a physical therapist or physician will provide professional advice determined by the child's age and ability. They will determine:
Children and their parents must advise on the locations and activities where the wheelchair will be used, including different varieties of sports wheelchairs. The child's personal tastes and interests are also very important, as their wheelchair is not simply a tool but an extension of their personality. The child should help pick the style, color, and features of their wheelchair.
Most pediatric wheelchairs fall into the following categories:
Many pediatric wheelchair manufacturers now offer something called "growth options," because purchasing a new chair each year can be financially impossible. "Growth chairs" or chairs with "growth kits" allow adjustments to be made to the wheelchair to accommodate a growing child, such as replaceable components that can be converted from smaller to larger sizes.