Friday, September 2, 2011

Flashback Friday: Going for a swim!

In honor of reaching 1000 fans to our Facebook page, a milestone we are a mere 73 fans away from reaching, we will be raffling off an inflatable hydrotherapy neck ring donated by our friend Nancy Higgs, creator of Water Way Babies. While Brayden's primary diagnosis is hydranencephaly, and he has benefited greatly from this system, it proves to be beneficial to children with a wide array of developmental limits:

From the WaterWay Babies SITE

Water Facts:
Hydrotherapy (water healing) has been recognized as beneficial since the dawn of civilization.

Water neutralizes the effects of gravity enabling your child to move with less effort.

Water therapy will improve lung capacity and strengthens extremities (arms/hands/fingers and legs/feet/toes).

Hydrotherapy studies document beneficial effects such as enhanced physical/mental development, increased weight gain and should be considered as an adjunct to traditional treatment strategies.

Baby Facts:
Any baby born before 37 weeks is at risk for “developmental delays.”

Twin or multi-birth babies are often born early and have lower birth weight, making them high risk.

Low birth weight (LBW or ELBW) is another risk factor for developmental delay.

Babies born between 32-37 weeks (the “barely” premature) have the highest incidence of learning disabilities once they start school.

Babies born between 23-28 weeks are at the highest risk for lifelong disabilities, such as cerebal palsy.

Birth trauma, birth injury, or any complication at birth increases the risk of neuromotor problems, such as seizures or ‘hypotonia’ (reduced muscle tone).

85% of brain development occurs during the first 3yrs of life – this provides an opportunity for water therapy to enhance a baby’s physical and mental development.

Brayden's favorite way to take a bath!
This easy, parent -delivered water-based method of stimulating your baby may help to prevent or lessen physical and mental problems your baby has — or might develop.

With as little as 20-30 minutes in the water every day, your baby will, through his or her own movements, increase muscle tone and improve ability to move, grow and develop … leading to:

~greater flexibility and range of motion
~more lung capacity
~improved weight gain
~better sleep patterns
~increased stimulation to the brain and nervous system

Brayden took his first WaterWay Babies dip nearly two years ago, a moment we captured on video to share with our friends and family:

... and since he has utilized the neck ring everywhere we have gone: hotel pools, waterparks, the lake, the ocean, hotels bathtubs, hot tubs, and mostly our own bathtub. We now add a little epsom salts, which help with his muscle tone and mobility, and do therapy this way 2-3 times a week. 

So, if you will visit our Facebook page HERE and click the "like" box at the top... you can help us to provide this amazing therapeutic tool, that double serves as a lot of fun, to another little one who can greatly benefit!! If you're interested in learning more about the WaterWayBabies system, you can visit their web site HERE and follow their blog HERE. 

Thanks for your help and support in our mission to share awareness with 1000 people at our Facebook page, as well as our goal of providing this hydrotherapy neckring to one lucky little love!! 

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