It is key that the primary caregivers and those working with clients with CP should consider how they lift or pick up the child. A poor position of the caregiver can hurt their back. They should not bend over to pick the child, but they should do it in an ergonomic friendly manner. Here is a brief example of an ergonomic friendly manner;
Situation: Picking the child from a mat on the floor
- Keep back straight as you bend at the knees.
- Place one foot slightly in front of the other one.
- Get the child close to your body.
- Lift by using more of the leg muscles rather than the back muscles.
Another point to note is that when the child gets bigger and heavier, ask for someone to help you. When you do this remember to count so both of you lift at the same time.
If your child does experience seizures, as a caregiver you should place them in a recovery position or lay them on the side.