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What is paediatric falling over?

Paediatric falling over is when a child has regular falls during walking. This can be very limiting for a child as it reduces their ability to become more independent as the child will need constant supervision. There is also a risk of injury to the child from regular falls.

Therapist assists during progressive balance training exercisesAbove: Therapist assists during progressive balance training exercises

What causes a child to fall over?

Children falling over regularly can be caused by a range of things, including:
  • Poor balance
  • Proprioceptive problems
  • Lack of motor control
  • Visual problems
  • Sensory problems

What are the symptoms of falling over in children?

The symptoms alongside a child falling over may include:
  • Unsteady gate
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling light headed
  • ‘Spinning vision’
  • Tripping
  • Dragging feet
  • Walking into objects

Exaggerated side stepping exercie between parrallel bars with therapist supervision.Above: Exaggerated side stepping exercie between parrallel bars with therapist supervision.

What can physiotherapy do to help children with falling over?

Physiotherapy can help to improve balance and motor problems and reduce the number of times a child falls. Physiotherapy treatments for paediatric falls include:
  • Proprioceptive exercises
  • Progressive walking practice
  • Leg muscle strengthening exercises
  • Balance exercises


Paediatric falls can occur as a result of several different problems. These can include proprioceptive, motor and visual problems. This can make it difficult for a child to develop walking skills and independence. There are several other symptoms that a child can display whilst walking. Physiotherapy is mainly aimed at balance exercises and progressive walking practice.

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