What is the Best Knee Scooter for Kids?
- If your child has suffered a below the knee injury, the last thing you want to do is make them feel helpless by condemning them to use crutches. With crutches, mobility is limited, and they get uncomfortable very fast. It will take a lot of effort for them to get to where they need to go.
For kids or adults below 5'5", with any below the knee injuries, we recommend renting or buying a pediatric knee scooter. These will enable your child to scoot up and down the school hallways and get them around everywhere with ease and comfort. It will make their recovery more fun, thus keeping them in high spirits during recovery.
Just don't let them scoot too fast!
Benefits of Pediatric Scooters
Freedom to move: Kids will be able to move around fast and effortlessly with a pediatric knee scooter. This is because you are riding on wheels as opposed to hopping on step at a time.
Safer: With crutches, it easy to lose balance, slip, or get caught with something and trip. Also, their injured leg will be dangling and risk bumping it against something. With a knee scooter, their injured leg is shielded when rested on the knee pad. Kids will be kids, and it's important to minimize any further risk of injury.
Independence: it's significantly easier to get around with a knee scooter. They will be able to move independently and do more things by themselves. Kids can lock the brakes and use the knee scooter as support for when they need both their hands free for any activities or chores: getting up the sink, counters, toilet, bed, chairs, etc.
Comfort: Crutches require a lot of physical effort to use. Using a knee scooter is effortless. Their injured leg will rest on the padded knee rest as opposed to them hop around with their injured foot lifted.
What We Recommend
If your child has any of these injuries, your doctor might recommend a mobility aid for their non-weight bearing recovery period.
The model we like to carry is the Knee Walker Jr. Just like our most popular knee scooters, it's safe, lightweight, comfortable, and easy to set up. It has a simple folding mechanism that's useful for when you need to pack it up in the car for school.
If your kid will spend a lot of time outdoors with the knee scooter, we recommend the all-terrain version of the Knee Walker Jr. It will make it easier to constantly navigate outdoor terrain.
The Knee Walker Jr. has disc brakes, which provide smooth braking. It has a brake locking button that's helpful in situations which they might need to 'park' the knee scooter and free both their hands for an activity.
It has rubber handlebar grips for comfort when steering.
Most importantly, it includes a travel basket to carry their belongings with them. Alternatively, some folks like to get a zipper travel bag with can store notebooks and other belongings more securely.
The knee pad included is a padded three-inch contoured pad. For added comfort, it can be upgraded by adding a memory foam knee pad, or comfy cushion fleece pad if your child will spend a lot of time doing outdoor activities.
Not Just for Kids
Many petite adults have trouble properly adjusting a standard adult size knee scooter, which makes for an uncomfortable use.
Getting a knee scooter that you can adapt to your height, body weight, and lifestyle (outdoor vs. indoor) is very important to ensure that you can ride on it comfortably. Adults that are below 5'4" height and up to 160 lbs in weight will benefit from a pediatric scooter and enjoy all the advantages of comfort and ease of use.
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