Plaster or brace
Children who are placed in a plaster or brace for an injury or medical condition like hip dysplasia often require specialised management of their vehicle travel needs
Planning for a child in plaster or brace
Children in plaster or brace may require short or long term management of their vehicle travel needs. Solutions depend on the age of the child, their position in the plaster and the size/bulk of the plaster.
Options for young children
Rearward facing Australian standard car seats offer greater recline than forward facing Australian standard car seats. The larger rearward facing restraints (known as Type A4) cater for children up to approximately 2-3 years of age. The vehicle assessment will need to identify if there is adequate space for a larger restraint, and whether it is suitable for the front passenger seat to be pushed forward to accommodate its size.
Options for older children
Using an Australian standard car seat with low side profile may be suitable for older children. A larger Australian standard car seat with a built-in harness (known as Type G) can help with postural support.
Reclining the front passenger seat may also be an option for older children. Read this case study to find out more.
In rare cases, a child may need to lie across the back seat of the vehicle due to their inability to sit upright and to accommodate the bulk of the plaster. An EZ-ON vest can assist with travelling in this way.
It is not legal for children under 7 years to sit in the front seat. However, sometimes this is the best option for children in plaster, as this case study shows.
If a child with a disability or medical condition (under 16 years of age) is unable to travel in an Australian standard car seat or vehicle seatbelt then the allied health professional can assist the parents to get a medical certificate (where required) by using forms and templates.
In rare cases, a child may need to lie across the back seat of the vehicle due to their inability to sit upright and to accommodate the bulk of the plaster. An EZ-On vest can assist with travelling in this way.
Hudson's hip spica story
Read about the transport challenges faced by Hudson’s family and what MACA is doing to improve hip spica transport