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Disabled Village Children: A Guide for Community Health by David Werner

By David Werner

Disabled Village childrens incorporates a wealth of transparent and targeted details, in addition to easy-to-implement innovations for all who're interested by the health of youngsters with disabilities. This handbook, written specially should you dwell in groups with restricted assets, explains the right way to create small group rehabilitation facilities and workshops run via both disabled humans or the households of kids with disabilities. greater than 4000 drawings and two hundred images make Disabled Village childrens comprehensible to all.

Topics contain the identity and administration of universal disabilities like polio, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, and juvenile arthritis; abilities for day-by-day residing; brace- and limb-making; enjoyable and priceless remedy options; reasonably cheap rehabilitation aids and variations for domestic and neighborhood.

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Have the child stand on the weaker leg. NORMAL The child stands straight. The hip tilts up on the lifted leg. NOT NORMAL Or the child shifts The hip tilts his whole weight so down on it balances over the the lifted weak hip. side. weak side-of-hip muscles This child dips to the side on each step of the weak leg. ) Note: Dipping to one side when walking is caused more by weak side-of-hip muscles than by a shorter leg. But a shorter leg can make dipping worse. disabled village children 31 32 chapter 4 Stomach and Back To find out how strong the stomach muscles are, see if the child can do ‘sit ups’ (or at least raise his head and chest).

In PART 1 of this book, where we discuss different disabilities, we also include basic information on prevention. We hope that those of you who use this book for children who are already disabled, will also work actively towards disability prevention. PREVENTING SECONDARY DISABILITIES So far we have talked mainly about preventing original or ‘primary’ disabilities, such as polio or spinal cord injury. But the prevention of ‘secondary’ disabilities is also very important, and is one of the main concerns of rehabilitation.

However, many people do not know that they can prevent this blindness by feeding their children dark green leafy vegetables, yellow fruits, or even certain weeds and wild fruit. Also, some kinds of deafness and mental slowness can be prevented by using iodized salt during pregnancy (see p. 276 and 282). Disabled village Children PREVENTION • Disability caused by poisons in food, water, air, or workplace. The recent, common, worldwide use of chemicals to kill insects and weeds has become a major health problem.

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