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How Babies Learn Through Play – From 12-24 Months

| Paediatric

At 12-24 months, toddlers are now starting to move about and get on their feet and they will love toys that they can push and pull up on. At this age they are learning how objects are used through trial and error. Offer toys to your toddler and just watch and see what they do […]


How Babies Learn Through Play – From 6-12 Months

| Paediatric

Babies at this age are just starting to sit and move about a bit more.  They learn at this age through repetition and trial and error. Give your child toys that they have to explore to discover how it works.  You can help encourage your baby’s physical development at this age by placing toys just […]


How Babies Learn Through Play – From Birth to 6 Months

| Paediatric

Babies are born eager to learn and they learn through play.  Playing with your baby stimulates their brain and helps with their development.  Through play, children develop language skills, their emotions and creativity as well as their social and physical skills.  Play is natural and spontaneous for children, but these top tips can help to […]


Advice on Strength Training For Children

| Paediatric

Not to be confused with weight-lifting, strength training with free weights, weight machines and resistance bands can offer many benefits to children including increased muscle strength and an overall improvement to health and fitness. Is Weight Lifting Safe for Kids? Weight lifting, body building and power lifting can put too much stress on young developing […]


The Unseen Dangers of Baby Walkers

| Paediatric

Paediatric physiotherapists strongly recommend against putting your child in a baby walker.  In this blog post, our Head of Paediatric Physiotherapy Victoria Healey, reveals the dangers of your child using a seemingly innocuous baby walker.  If you’re thinking about buying a baby walker…then don’t!  There are two main reasons why and these include your child’s […]


Revealed – Your Child’s Gait Development

| Paediatric

Once babies learn to walk, parents often become worried that their gait is not ‘normal’. Walking is a complex task that takes up to 8 years to refine. During those eight years, the gait matures and changes until your child has mastered an efficient and typical adult walking pattern. When your child first starts to […]


Is Your Child W-Sitting?

| Paediatric

W-sitting is when children sit with their knees together and their feet out to the side.  But why is it so bad, and how can you help change this habit in your child? Our Head of  Paediatric Physiotherapy Victoria Healey explains why. Children who w-sit are generally children who have low muscle tone and increased […]


How to Safely Move Your Child

| Paediatric, Uncategorized

Manual handling refers to any activity, which involves support, lifting, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving an object or person. Moving and handling your child can include many scenarios such as transferring them from their wheelchair to the toilet, repositioning them in bed, lowering them from a chair to the floor or lifting them on to […]


What Every Parent Ought to Know About Ride-On Toys

| Paediatric

There are so many new and exciting ride-on toys on the market.  Ranging from the simple rocking horse, to bicycles scooters and balance bikes.  These will provide your child with hours of pleasure and entertainment, whilst also helping them to develop lots of different skills and keeping them physically active in the following ways: Gross Motor […]


Top Tips for Your Baby to Take Their First Steps

| Paediatric

It’s a special moment when your child takes their first steps – they are now ready to go off and explore the world!  The age at which they do this can vary greatly but between 10 and 18 months is considered normal.  To be able to walk, your baby needs to have good core stability, […]


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