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Children’s Physiotherapy – Children Under 4 Years Old

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What is paediatric physiotherapy?

Paediatric physiotherapy is the treatment and care of babies, children and young people. Paediatric physiotherapists bring their generic skills and have additional knowledge and experience of child development and childhood conditions.

About your physiotherapy appointment
On arrival at each appointment please inform the reception staff that you are here. At your first appointment you will be required to fill in some forms before you see your physiotherapist, so please arrive 10 minutes early to allow you to do this. If you arrive late, your appointment may need to be rescheduled for another time. If you do not attend your first appointment you will be discharged back to your referring Doctor or GP.

How will my child be assessed & treated?
At your first appointment, your physiotherapist will take a detailed history of your child’s current condition. They will then perform a physical examination to determine the cause and establish the best method of managing their condition. Paediatric physiotherapists recognise the importance of working in partnership with the child, parents and carers to maximise a child’s’ physical abilities and independence. Treatment may include: Exercise, activity advice, lifestyle advice, hydrotherapy, soft tissue techniques, mobilisation/manipulation, and positioning and handling advice.

Liaison with/ referral to other professionals
We work closely with other professionals including education and with your permission may liaise or make onward referrals to meet your child’s needs.

Follow-Up Appointments
Any subsequent appointments will be arranged between you and your physiotherapist. If you cannot attend an appointment please give at least 24 hours’ notice so we can allocate the appointment to another patient. If you miss an appointment and no contact is made within 48 hours you may be discharged from the service.

Discharge
When the course of treatment is complete, the physiotherapist will advise you on self-management of your child’s condition. A letter will be written to you and your referring Doctor outlining the course of treatment and the outcome.

What should I bring?
• Shorts and/or a vest to allow an accurate assessment to take place depending on the body part that is being examined.
• Any correspondence relating to your child’s current condition such as clinic appointments or letters regarding previous treatments.
• For young children you may wish to bring favourite toys which motivate or calm them.

Additional Information
In order to allow both you and your physiotherapist to focus on your child it is helpful to arrange childcare for siblings if they are likely to be distracting or disruptive. We recognise that siblings can also be helpful and so leave this to your discretion, however they must remain with you throughout the appointments as we are unable to leave children unsupervised in the waiting or treatment areas.

If you have any special requirements please do not hesitate to contact us prior to your appointment and we will do our best to facilitate them Achieving the best possible outcome depends on many factors including:

• Following the advice of your physiotherapist and attending your appointments at the times required.
• Being consistent with your child’s home exercise programme and any other advice given.
• Research has shown that to achieve optimal physical function, all aspects of health must be addressed including e.g. Being a healthy weight and taking part in regular and appropriate exercise.

How to find us
We are situated in the Child Development Centre (CDC) across the road from the multi-storey car park and next to the main entrance. Parking is available in the multistorey car park.

Contact Information
Address:
Child Development Centre
Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Standing Way
Eaglestone
Milton Keynes
Buckinghamshire
MK6 5LD
Telephone: 01908 995432
Opening hours:
Monday: 8:15 – 16:15
Tuesday: 8:15 – 17:30
Wednesday: 8:15 -17:00
Thursday 8:15 – 17:00
Friday: 8:15 – 17:00