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Monday, March 7, 2011

So What are DAFO's?

DAFOs are leg braces that will help someone stand or walk.  Did you know that you can't build bone density if you don't bear weight on your legs?  You can actually develop ostioperosis as a child if you don't put weight on your bones.  So... it important to be able to put weight on your legs.  So... for those of you who are curious and have never seen them - here are Alexander's new DAFOS:

He went from a size NB shoe to a size 2 Wide (Andrew's first shoe size) in about 30 minutes~
We got Blue with Teddy Bears *so cute!*

Alexander practicing Jumping with his new gear
He knows he is awesome

Practicing Standing with Mommy.

Our next step is to try to figure out a "Stander" for him.  The Stander will push his knees back, his pelvis forward, and his chest back to put him in proper allignment to stand.  This is going to be a little difficult because he is so tiny. We might have to become inventive. But here is the basic concept:

4 Comments:

At March 7, 2011 at 10:03 PM , Blogger Kisses4Kaylee said...

It is so funny, because we are in the same place with Kaylee right now...although she does not want to even try to put weight on her legs, even when she is wearing the AFO's. Alex will have to give her some lessons when we see you guys on the 26th! xo

 
At March 7, 2011 at 10:32 PM , Blogger Eric, Erin, Elsie and Emmy said...

How awesome! Go Alexander, go!

 
At March 8, 2011 at 12:35 AM , Blogger Melissa and Luke Young said...

How cute are his AFO's .... Love the teddy print. Hey, with the stander we had the same problem with Ellie because of her size. The one that we have (after trying quite a few) is the Leckey Stander (size 1) Hope this helps!

 
At March 8, 2011 at 4:27 PM , Blogger Jessica Wood said...

Alexander looks so cute in his Dafo's, hope he gets the extra help he needs with his new shoes.....

 

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