I assumed that once Freddie learnt to sit I could put a big tick in that developmental box and move on to focusing on his walking, but it would seem over recent months we are being drawn back to focusing on his sitting.
Freddie has always sat with a bad posture, he has weak core muscles(hypotonia) which is why he struggles to maintain a good sitting position. He either sits with a curved spine or almost in a half sitting/half laying down position, neither of which are good for his spine.
We had a routine appointment with Freddie’s physio this morning and we spoke about the ever growing concerns over his back. I feel that his sitting has been getting worse lately and the physiotherapist agreed that shes been worried for some time about it and his risk of developing scoliosis and thoracic kyphosis.
We do have an indoor chair for Freddie to sit in when he gets tired but he still seems to be able to slump a little in it. So we decided that we would have another physio appointment this afternoon and she would bring out another chair we could try with Freddie to see if that helps him sit straighter.
Unfortunately the chair wasn’t right and Freddie very quickly slumped over.We now need to spend some time looking at what other chairs may be suitable for Freddie to help protect his spine.
Before Freddie’s physio left we came up with a plan to help keep Freddie’s spine protected. It includes doing some spine stretches daily and unfortunately means we will be limiting the time Freddie is able to spend sitting independently.
It’s a bit of a blow for him developmentally as hes been doing so well with his bum shuffling and it’s so nice to see him have the freedom to be able to move around. He will now spend a maximum of 20 minutes on the floor before having to have a break and sit back in his indoor chair for 30 minutes. Even though his indoor chair isn’t quite giving the correct amount of support it’s alot better than his floor sitting position. There was also talk of looking to getting a back brace for Freddie.
It feels like we are stuck with either holding him back developmentally by stopping him being free on the floor or risk permanent damage to his spine. Not a nice situation to be in.