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Protecting children with spina bifida in the pool
By: Renata Bursten, Dragonfly Staff




Swimming in the shallow end poses a special hazard for children without sensation in their legs. To ensure their safety try putting the child into a swim aid like the Dolphin and avoiding the shallow end all together. Don't forget to check the latex-status, most are latex-free.
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Take extra care handling kids with hypotonia!

Children with hypotonia (low muscle tone) often have loose ligiments supporting their joints. Extra care must be taken not to pull too hard on children's limbs. For example - If a child who can't stand independantly is pulled to stand by the hands, it is possible to dislocate a shoulder or elbow. Any tender, swollen, or protected joints in children with hypotonia should be seen by a doctor right away!

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