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Is Your Child Affected By Dwarfism?

May 29, 2013

Is your child affected by dwarfism? If yes, you are well aware of the hardships that go hand-in-hand with the condition. You are also familiar with the joys of parenting. As a parent, you are always seeking ways to make your child feel better and experience a greater quality of life. One of the best ways you can help your child is to have a thorough understanding of what dwarfism is and the medical problems it has the potential to cause. Read on to learn more about how dwarfism might impact your child as he or she matures.


What you should know about how dwarfism affects children

Here are a few things you should know about dwarfism and how it might affect your son or daughter:

–Sometimes it’s tempting to treat a smaller person as if they were as young as they look. Remember your child’s age and try to avoid treating him or her like they are very young if they are not.

–Do your best to make your home accessible to a smaller person. This will help your child learn independence in a healthy way.

–Be sure that your child gets plenty of chances to socialize. If he or she receives negative reactions, explain why that is happening. The more positive your attitude is about your child’s condition, the more positive your child’s attitude will be.

–Even if your child is limited in what they can do physically, help them find hobbies that they enjoy.

How can you support the development of an infant affected by dwarfism?

Here are a few ways you can help your infant who is impacted by dwarfism:

–Ensure that any seat or carrier is very supportive to the neck and back.

–Limit anything that allows uncontrolled movement.

–Learn ways to do physical therapy on your child at home. Ask your child’s physical therapist how you can do this safely and effectively.

What do you do to help your child?

Is your child affected by dwarfism? If so, we are sure there are many ways you make his or her life better and easier. If you’d like to share your tips with other parents of children impacted by dwarfism, leave a comment on this blog post. We really appreciate your feedback and value your input. Thank you for following the Disability Living blog.

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