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Electrical stim in infants?

At what age would you feel comfortable starting electrical stimulation on an infant who had a perinatal stroke and already shows signs of cerebral palsy, both in terms of safety and efficacy? And what modality (NMES, FES, or TES)? On surveying some PTs, the youngest ages I have seen ranged from 4 months to 12 months of age. Thank you for your thoughts!

Julie Kim

8 months ago

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Prof Tim Watson
Prof Tim Watson

Julie. We have used E Stim in neonates - for a completely different reason - this was all to do with non-functioning bowel whilst in neonatal ITU. The point is that it can be done and we were observing/recording no adverse events (and these were VERY sick babies). I have no personal experience of doing this with the patient group that you mention, but others may well have relevant experience and expertise that they can add to the debate. Lets see who comes up with what - interesting debate. Tim

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