Children who need knee braces, need pediatric knee braces. Many times healthcare practitioners will try to fit a child with an adult extra small brace and hope for the best. Why? Because most brace manufacturers do not have a pediatric line of braces. And health care professionals who fit braces often have relationships with a specific manufacturer, so they either don’t have access to pediatric products or they don’t know where to get them.
So which knee brace is right for your child? If it’s just a mild injury a knee sleeve will probably do just fine. A knee sleeve will provide warmth and compression and generally speaking make a hurt knee feel better. If the knee cap is the problem, then a knee brace with straps and some type of buttress will be required (like the brace pictured above). The buttress helps position the knee cap by applying gentle pressure, and the straps help keep the knee brace in place. If the knee is unstable then a knee brace with hinges is the way to go. If you’re not sure, forward this post to your doctor and ask for their opinion.
These knee braces should be washed regularly and kept clean. Think of the brace like a pair of socks. It’s going to collect sweat, dirt, and whatever else your kid gets into. Hand wash the knee brace in the kitchen sink with a mild soap. Let it air dry. The vast majority of skin problems (rashes) associated with knee braces come from wearing unclean braces. This it is true with adults and children.
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If you are a healthcare professional and would like to stock your office with pediatric knee braces, please contact Heritage Medical Equipment. We can set you up with terms and discounted pricing directly with the manufacturer.