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How to tell a pediatric wheelchair is good?

Do you already have a particular pediatric wheelchair model in mind?

A good rehab stroller should satisfy the following criteria so that it can be a real help in everyday life.

Adaptation possibilities

The pediatric wheelchair should provide a number of ways to make individual adjustments and to allow a therapeutic posture to be set, such as an adjustable seat depth, seat width, back height, lower leg length, hip angle, and so on.

A variety of accessories

Make sure that the pediatric wheelchair can be supplemented with accessories. These should provide additional adjustment and positioning options, increased comfort for the child when sitting, and better handling for the parents. In some pediatric wheelchairs, the basic model already has a large selection of accessories.

Upholstery & covers

A cuddly soft upholstery, particularly in the seating area, gives children a lot of comfort, even on longer trips. Breathable cover fabrics prevent sweating and thus ensure more relaxed children. Make sure that the covers are removable and washable in case something gets spilled on them.

High degree of stability

The pediatric wheelchair must be able to cope with the high stresses caused by heavy children or those experiencing cramping. Therefore, a pediatric wheelchair with many functions can not be a lightweight. However, stability and safety have priority here.

Tipping prevention

If a child lies down in a pediatric wheelchair, the weight load on the chassis changes. There is a danger of tipping if the rehab stroller does not provide appropriate compensation.

This is very important, especially for parents: an abduction block should not be used like a ‘brake chock’! It is attached at knee level, not at the level of the thigh. Firstly, that would be painful, especially for little boys; secondly, spasticity can increase if the abduction block is incorrectly positioned.“

Anette Detjen, Buying guide for pediatric wheelchairs

Easy handling

It’s not so easy, what with all the levers and screws. Take a good look at how each adjustment option functions – from the headrest to the seat tilt to the footrest and the brake. Only if you can quickly and easily operate the functions can you make use of the potential of the pediatric wheelchair for yourself and your child.

Successful testing

Choose a pediatric wheelchair that has really been put through its paces. International test specifications are often even more stringent than German standards.


In contrast to the “tube monsters” from the early days, the pediatric wheelchairs of today fortunately look chic and modern. This makes shopping trips or outings more fun. Choose the fabrics and colors that you and your child like best.