Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Talk with your pediatrician or a specialist about at-home care. Issues particularly critical for children with disproportionate dwarfism include:

  • Car seats. Use an infant car seat with firm back and neck supports. Continue using a car seat in the rear-facing direction to the highest weight and height possible (and beyond the recommended age limit).
  • Infant carriers and play equipment. Avoid infant devices — such as swings, umbrella strollers, carrying slings, jumper seats and backpack carriers — that don't support the neck or that curve the back into a C shape.
  • Adequate support. Support your child's head and neck when he or she is seated.
  • Complications. Monitor your child for signs of complications, such as ear infection or sleep apnea.
  • Posture. Promote good posture by providing a pillow for the lower back and a footstool when your child is sitting.
  • Healthy diet. Begin healthy eating habits early to avoid later problems with weight gain.
  • Healthy activities. Encourage participation in appropriate recreational activities, such as swimming or bicycling, but avoid sports that involve collision or impact, such as football, diving or gymnastics.
Sept. 11, 2014

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