When the baby gets old­er, par­ents face the ques­tion of choos­ing a pil­low for the child. Before doing it, it is worth con­sid­er­ing a few nuances. Today we want to talk about choos­ing an ortho­pe­dic pil­low for chil­dren: let’s fig­ure out togeth­er what is impor­tant not to lose sight of.

What is important to pay attention to?

After the baby is 3 years old, par­ents can safe­ly choose an ortho­pe­dic pil­low for him. At this age, the child can already explain whether it is com­fort­able for him to sleep on such a pil­low, how com­fort­able he is, soft or hard, whether his head or neck hurts after sleep.

The main thing that is impor­tant to pay atten­tion to is the shape and filler of the pil­low. Ortho­pe­dists advise pur­chas­ing prod­ucts of medi­um soft­ness for chil­dren: a good pil­low should pro­vide com­fort­able sup­port for the cer­vi­cal spine.

Ortho­pe­dic pil­lows just meet these require­ments. They can be:

  • made of high­ly elas­tic foam with a porous struc­ture;
  • a spe­cial shape, when a cush­ion is placed under the neck, which pro­vides rest dur­ing sleep.

As for the pil­low filler, it is bet­ter to choose mod­els from nat­ur­al latex or mate­ri­als with a mem­o­ry effect. Such pil­lows do not cause aller­gies, are hygien­ic and as com­fort­able as pos­si­ble.

A big plus will be a remov­able cov­er for the pil­low, because the child often sweats in his sleep, and man­u­fac­tur­ers do not rec­om­mend wash­ing the pil­low com­plete­ly. It can lose shape and become unsuit­able for sleep.

Why does a child need an orthopedic pillow?

A prop­er­ly select­ed ortho­pe­dic pil­low helps the child to get enough sleep, and also has a pos­i­tive effect on his health and devel­op­ment: dur­ing sleep, blood ves­sels are not pinched and oxy­gen freely enters the brain.

Doc­tors have proven that when a child is in a relaxed posi­tion dur­ing sleep, his lym­phat­ic sys­tem and blood cir­cu­la­tion work cor­rect­ly.

How to choose a pillow?

When choos­ing an ortho­pe­dic pil­low, be guid­ed by the height of the roller, which will be under the neck. We noticed that the child often sleeps on his side — buy a pil­low for him with a high­er roller. The main thing is that the spine forms a straight line when the child sleeps. If the neck is raised, then buy a pil­low low­er, if low­ered, then high­er.

Keep in mind a few impor­tant points:

  • Sleep posi­tion of a child.
  • Shoul­der size (it is impor­tant that the line of the spine is flush with the mat­tress).
  • Firm­ness of the mat­tress (keep in mind that soft mat­tress­es sag).
  • Feel­ings of the child: he should be com­fort­able lying on the pil­low.

If you are look­ing for a pil­low for a teenag­er or school­child, then choose the option with high­er rollers — for exam­ple, like the mod­el below. The height of the cush­ions for this pil­low is 9 and 11 cm. It is per­fect for old­er chil­dren and even adults.