Paediatric Physiotherapy i.e. Physiotherapy for Children
Paediatric physiotherapy is an area of physiotherapy that is concerned with the assessment and treatment of infants, babies, and persons under the age of 18.
In some countries a child is someone less than 18 while in other states a child is someone below the age of 16.
Paediatric physiotherapy is concerned with things like developmental delay, congenital abnormalities, nutrition and many more.
Some children may experience developmental problems such as developmental delay. In developmental delay, the child may not necessarily have
an illness or impairment only that it may take him or her more time than the peers in attaining milestones.
A child may present with cerebral palsy (CP) and some of the following:
Plagiocephaly, a condition which is also defined as flat head
Stiff and tight neck posture
Congenital torticollis (twisted neck) i.e. the neck which is rotated to one side
The most common presentations at the paediatric physiotherapy clinic are:
Hypotonia (low tone) or hypertonia (high tone) because of brain damage
Spina bifida, which may also result in cerebral palsy
Hemiaplegia from neonatal stroke and other brain traumas
Malnutrition, especially in the Sub-Saharan Africa
Cerebral encephalopathy from HIV and others
Seeking help from a qualified physiotherapist will help a lot in the development of your child. He or she will carefully and thoughtifully assess
your child to identify areas of needs and implement them together with you. If you're in Botswana and need help, contact us here.
If you are in Malawi, you can contact a physiotherapist of your choice here.
Author: Chimwemwe Masina
Chimwemwe Masina is currently working as a Resident Physiotherapist at DDT College of Medicine in Gaborone, Botswana.
Before joining DDT College of Medicine, he worked in the Ministry of Health at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Malawi,
MagWaz Physiotherapy and Wellness Services in Lilongwe, Malawi. as well as
Volunteering at Physiopedia.
His interest is in Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy and currently he is an assisting
lecturer in Manual Therapy and Lumbar Spine Management.
Disclaimer! Information provided on this page is for educational purposes only and is not meant for specific medical intervention. If you have a medical problem, please contact us or consult a certified medical professional