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ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR CHILD'S BALANCE OR COORDINATION?

What are some of the signs of balance or coordination problems in children?

Many children have difficulties with balance or coordination problems due to a wide variety of reasons.  Some of the signs that parents might notice that may be indicative of a problem include:

  • Your child falls easily or trips often, you might even describe their movements as ‘clumsy;
  • Bumps into things or knocks things over easily;
  • Finds it difficult to ‘recover’ quickly from being off balance;
  • They may have an ‘awkward’ walking or running style, or move stiffly without natural flow;
  • They might avoid sports or physical exercise, especially those involving running;
  • They may be overly cautious or fearful of exploring playground equipment or walking on stairs (especially in a group);
  • In some cases they might be a little slower in mastering developmental milestones or physical skills (eg: crawling, walking, bike riding, skipping, swimming, catching a ball).

What should I do if my child has problems with balance or coordination?

If you think your child has difficulties with their balance and you are concerned that their foot posture, gait or footwear may be a contributing factor, consult with our experienced paediatric Podiatrist for an assessment and professional advice.

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