Infant Safety Warnings

Doctors are still asking for a ban on infant walkers as injuries from them continue.

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Keeping our children safe is the most important issue for all parents.

The dangers of INFANT WALKERS.

Please keep your precious ones safe! We stay on top of safety warnings to keep our families informed. If you have any questions about your child’s growth and development, please give us a call at 914-421-9392. We are safety and growth experts as Pediatric Physical Therapists.

“Doctors say the damage infant walkers can do to children’s brains and bodies is not worth the risk of keeping them on the market.”

You think you can keep an eye on your baby but in reality if you turn your head or blink, your child can be in a dangerous situation.

Please visit our website at physicaltherapy4kids.com. We’re looking forward to hearing from you soon!

 

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Helping Torticollis

Newborn Movement Assessment

Assessing a newborn movement for torticollis. 

Helping Torticollis - Newborn Movement Assessment Assessing a newborn movement for torticollis.
An assessment for a newborn.

 

A Physical Therapist can assess your baby for any body movement issues or concerns. In this video you can see what’s involved in an assessment for a newborn. Through gentle touch, physical therapy, the baby’s movement patterns can be changed so she can learn to move in healthier ways.  

This kind of physical therapy can be learned by parents to contribute to a thriving baby. Besides working on the body movement, the power of loving touch is also very positive for your baby.

A side note: “Newborn babies are experiencing everything for the first time, including their first touch from mom and dad. This early contact helps promote healthy psychological and physical development. Lack of physical contact can prevent normal development and can even lead to higher rates of illness or death in infants. Your touch can be especially important for your premature infant or infant born at a low birth weight. Healthy, effective contact with your baby includes cuddling, gentle massage, stroking and holding your newborn.”

Luckily babies in the White Plains area have Wendy Kaplan-Lager, PT, C/NDT of Physical Therapy 4 Kids to treat them. Ms. Kaplan-Lager is very familiar with torticollis and plagiocephaly. She is an expert when it comes to physical therapy for infants and children.

Contact Ms. Kaplan-Lager with any concerns you may have about your baby.

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White Plains, NY
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Torticollis aka Flat Head – Helmet

My Son Has To Wear A Helmet

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Physical Therapy 4 Torticollis

These parents discovered that something was different about their baby’s head. It was flat on one side. They spoke to the pediatrician who assured them that this is common.

They started taking their baby to a physical therapist to loosen up his neck muscles which helped his head mobility.

More had to be done so a corrective helmet was the recommendation of the physical therapist.

DOC Band was the other suggestion. Both are designed to help the baby’s head develop normally.

 

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How the Band works.

It’s recommended to begin treatment before the child’s first birthday. Treatment time is quicker for babies who start at a younger age. After 12 weeks of treatment, this baby’s head was showing signs of great improvement.

Just remember, if your baby needs to wear the helmet or band, it’s only temporary and is very helpful in the end.

If you are worried about the shape of your baby’s head, contact Ms. Kaplan-Lager.  She knows exactly what to do as she has many years of experience as a physical therapist for children.

 

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White Plains, NY
914-421-9392

 

 

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What Causes Scoliosis Among Babies?

         What Causes Scoliosis Among Babies?

Congenital scoliosis is a rare form of scoliosis that is presented as a defect at birth.
Congenital scoliosis

Congenital scoliosis is a rare form of scoliosis that is presented as a defect at birth. The most common signs of congenital scoliosis are hemivertebra or unilateral bar.  A hemivertebra is when the spinal bone doesn’t develop adequately. A unilateral bar is when bones in your spine don’t separate. Congenital scoliosis can also cause defects in other parts of the body, possibly leading to cardiac or other spinal abnormalities. It is vital for children with congenital scoliosis to get yearly screenings.
It is also one of the hardest forms of scoliosis to diagnose.  It is often difficult to see any spinal imperfections until a child reaches the toddler age. Surgery might be necessary if the spinal curve worsens.  Some surgery options include in situ spinal fusion, Hemi-epiphysiodesis, veptr treatment, etc. Often, a brace or cast will not serve as a preventative measure for stopping curvuture growth.  Consulting with a pediatric spine specialist and your child’s primary doctor is essential when developing a treatment plan. Click here to read more.
Often, doctors prescribe physical therapy in a client’s spinal abnormality recovery plan. Physical therapy is scientifically proven to strengthen your back, range of motion, and recommend exercises that reduce the possibility of additional health problems.  

Contact Wendy Kaplan-Lager, PT, C/NDT of Physical Therapy 4 Kids today at 914-421-9392 for an initial consultation.

 

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Your Kids & The Internet

Keeping Them Safe

Your Kids & The Internet Keeping Them Safe
Your Kids & The Internet Keeping Them Safe

 

Advice for keeping your children safe on the internet.

Kids are getting on the Internet and social media younger and younger these days.

As parents, it’s our job to keep our kids safe.

Some parents may not let their kids on the Internet while other do allow it.

Either way, there are many things to consider such as:

-Cyberbullying
-Inappropriate content
-Sexting
-Predators

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-Age Appropriate Apps & Websites
-Connect with Parent
-Privacy Settings need to be managed by parents
-Monitor their Usage
-Teach About Internet Consequences and Dangers

Keep the Internet device in a central location of your home so you can keep an eye on your child.

As parents, it’s our job to lead by example.

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Discovering Uniqueness

Discovering Uniqueness
Discovering Uniqueness

It’s important to remember that our kids are unique and to encourage their uniqueness. Find their strengths and interests because this is what is helping them to learn. It’s true for all of us, not just the kids.
Have a great week discovering “Uniqueness”!

Physical Therapy 4 Kids
10 Roland Drive
White Plains
New York 10605
914-421-9392
Wendy Kaplan-Lager, PT, C/NDT
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Footwear Habits

Footwear habits influence child and adolescent motor skill development

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Footwear habits influence child and adolescent motor skill development

Your feet, the way nature intended them to be.

Researchers show that regular physical activity without shoes may improve children’s and adolescents’ balancing and jumping skills.

Researchers show that children and adolescents who spend most of their time barefoot develop motor skills differently from those who habitually wear shoes. Published in Frontiers in Pediatrics, this is the first study to assess the relevance of growing up shod vs. barefoot on jumping, balancing and sprinting motor performance during different stages of childhood and adolescence. Results suggest that regular physical activity without shoes may improve children’s and adolescents’ balancing and jumping skills.

Regular barefoot time at home should be encouraged.

 

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