This week has been a stinker, four visits to the hospital and one to the doctors – all for the kids. Joints and bones plus a rogue chest infection for Dylan have taken their toll this week. Its been hard going with Erin having a total emotional breakdown during her assessment with physio. Finally though we are starting to use the terminology hyper-mobility syndrome, this is important to me as I want everything ready for when Erin starts school in 2014. This week was coupled with Chloe’s emergency dash to A&E and more heartbreak when she was told by the consultant on Friday that she has stress fractures and is not allowed to run atall for a further two months.
One thing we have learnt regards the hypermobility is how important it is to get and keep Erin strong. This is not easy for a child who sleeps and rests as much as she does. Erin is quite inactive and complains of aches and pains regularly especially in her right leg which has been affected by the DDH. Thankfully the ear consultant gave Erin the all clear to get back to swimming this weekend which was a pleasure to see. My water baby was so excited and happy to back in the water. Another way of building strength is encouraging Erin to use a scooter. The motion of pushing, gliding and scooting is great for developing her gross motor skills and building that strength she needs. We have also been told that this movement will help deepen her hip socket. Erin was really lucky to be sent a brand spanking new micro-scooter, I chose the mini which is for age 3-5 yr olds. Erin’s love of purple continues and she opted for the new limited edition in candy lilac.
The wonderful people behind micro scooters really impressed me when I found out that they give hospitals scooters to use with children that are inpatients or that can benefit from using the scooters as part of their physio, this is really good for children like Erin but also those really poorly children who have conditions like cystic fibrous and need physio to keep their lungs clear.
The scooters are really well made with a brake feature that I am sure Erin will get to use one day! The steering is straightforward and the frame is really sturdy. I am looking forward to Erin getting to grips with it and the photos show how much she is already enjoying her new skills already! This micro-scooter sells for £59.95 and there are a number of other models for younger and older children plus some really cool accessories we already have our eye on, so do check out the website.
Disclosure: Erin was gifted the scooter for the purpose of the review.