When your pediatric orthopedics doctor prescribes a brace to correct a foot condition in your baby or toddler, wearing it can make an already uncomfortable condition even more uncomfortable. Very small children are often resistant to wearing corrective braces, and sometimes this can lead to fussiness and crying.
No matter how well your child takes to wearing the pediatric orthopedic brace, all children require at least a few days to get used to a new brace. There are some steps you can take to ease the transition into daily life with a brace.
Set a Routine for Wearing the Brace
Children almost always function better when they have a set of daily routines. Habits and routine help to give them a sense of comfort and control over their environment. If your child is required to wear the brace for a set number of hours per day, make sure that you create and stick to a regular schedule for wearing the brace.
Have Brace Playtime
Making the time your child spends in their brace fun and encouraging play and other activities while they are wearing it can help them better adjust to it. Encourage bending and kicking while your child is wearing the brace to help them feel less constrained.
Make the Brace Comfortable
Braces are stiff and solid by their nature. This can lead to feelings of constriction and discomfort for your child. With the guidance of your pediatric orthopedics team and doctor, look for ways to make the brace more comfortable for your child. Padding is often used to cover the metal bars of the brace to make it more comfortable.