Child Stroke Sufferers Need Physiotherapy
New clinical guidance says children who have strokes should receive physiotherapy and timely, comprehensive care.
Dr Alderson, who is a specialist physiotherapist at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, explained that there are issues with children not having access to the same level of therapy care that adults do. “This is partly due to the rarity of paediatric stroke and partly because of a problem in recognising their changing needs”.
The guideline outlines best practice for the whole care treatment available to children, from diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, all the way through to their return to school. It also offers advice on how to identify strokes in children, not just for clinicians but for parents, carers and families of the affected child.