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Consejos para viajar con niños con cifosis congénita


Kyphosis is the forward curvature of the upper part of the spinal column. The spine is not completely straight but rather it has a small forward curvature in the upper part of the back, which is normal and helps to hold up the head. It is only when the curvature is more severe that problems such as pains or difficulty breathing normally can occur.

Generally speaking, kyphosis does not present problems and there is no need to treat it unless the curve is more severe or in the case of hyperkyphosis. It may then be necessary to wear a back brace and in some extreme cases corrective surgery may be needed. 

This kyphosis can be postural (the most common type) and starts to present in early adolescence. It is nearly always due to bad posture or children who do not walk upright.

With regard to congenital kyphosis, it occurs during pregnancy when the spinal column does not form properly. The most common causes are that several vertebras fuse together or, simply, the bones of the spine do not form correctly. It is easy to diagnose and does not generally require treatment, as we have mentioned. A physician will determine the degree of the curvature and whether or not it could lead the child to have difficulties with breathing. There may also be a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon if necessary.

Surgery is required for the most severe cases and most often in cases of congenital kyphosis. If required, the intervention consists, in short, of fusing together two or more of the vertebra causing the curvature of the spain with rods and screws. In the majority of cases, the child can start to move around normally about two or three days after surgery and can go home after a week.

How should the child car seat be positioned for children with congenital kyphosis?

This of course depends on the severity of the spinal curvature. If the child can live a normal life without problems apart from the slight curvature, there is no need to take special precautions when traveling by car. They can travel by car in the same way as any other child. 

According to José Ángel Arroyo, physiotherapist at the Más que tres Fisios clinic, only in cases where the child has breathing difficulties, or is wearing a back brace, do special precautions need to be taken. However, in all cases these should be precautions aimed at making the child as comfortable as possible. In any case, there is no need to take special measures other than ensuring they are comfortable. In the most severe cases, however, they may need corrective surgery, after which they can travel normally once they have recovered.

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