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Car Travel with Patient in a Halo
Riding in cars is acceptable, especially related to doctor’s appointments.
Long rides may need to be avoided due to fatigue and distance. If you have a problem with traveling to your doctor’s appointments, your original surgeon should be notified.
Consider getting a stroller for your child for traveling in malls or through a large hospital. Strollers should be wide and high enough to support a halo and should also have a firm back.
Wagons have been helpful for many people.
A wheelchair may be necessary for both inside and outside travel. This will be especially important in the first few weeks after the halo has been placed while your patient is regaining strength.
If your child travels in a car safety seat, you will need to make sure that the seat is high and wide enough to support a halo.
If you do not own a seat that is large enough, consider contacting a physical therapist, an occupational therapist or a nurse at your hospital who may be able to either lend you a seat, work with you and a local safety organization to borrow a seat or help you with proper alternatives, such as a harness.
Do not leave the country, take cruises or ride motorcycles while in the halo. These forms of travel are best left for when the halo is removed and healing has fully occurred, with your child’s surgeon’s approval.
No rough or off-road traveling is allowed.
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