Your Child’s Posture: What to Keep an Eye On
“Sit up straight and don’t slouch!” How many times did you hear that statement as a kid? Back then, those were just nagging comments that we shrugged and rolled our eyes at. Now, some of us are paying for it with tight hips, stiff necks, and chronic lower back pain.
In a world of huge, heavy backpacks and constantly looking down at a smartphone, computer, or tablet, you can begin to see the posture pitfalls that your children face daily. Strict parents preach about standing up straight and not craning your neck, but what does it actually mean for a child to have good posture?
How to Spot Poor Posture
The good news for you is that you don’t need to hire an orthopedic specialist to find out if your child has bad posture. Intuitively, you probably already know if they do or not.
Here are some tell-tale signs that your child has or is developing poor posture:
- Shoulders rounded forward
- An increasing forward curvature in the lower back
- Their neck or head protruding forward
- Hunching over while sitting
Habits or Activities That Can Attribute to Bad Posture.
As humans, we all have natural asymmetries that can precipitate bad posture. Side dominances like being right handed or left footed will change the way that you sit, walk, stand, or lean. Those can effectively lead to the restructuring of you or your child’s musculature and spinal alignment.
Take notice to the propensities that your child has when sitting and standing. Common activities that could contribute to your child’s bad posture are:
- Slouching or rounding your back forward while sitting
- Sitting at the edge of their seat and overly accentuating the natural arch of their low back
- Rounding forward of the shoulders while standing
- Forward protrusion of the neck and head
- Leaning or hunching over a desk or table while reading or writing
- Constantly leaning to one side while standing or sitting
The Negative Side Effects of Bad Posture
Poor posture could be creating problems for your child now, and if that’s the case then they are definitely going to be increasingly in pain as they get older. Some of the most common conditions associated with bad posture include lower back pain, increased proneness to injury, stiff joints, exhaustion or fatigue, a lack of focus or inability to concentrate, and a higher risk of having spinal issues or slipping a disk as an adult.
What is the Ideal Posture For Your Child?
The natural soft S-shaped curve of your cervical spine through the bottom of your lumbar is how your back is intended to rest. This will make sure that you have a nice, secure arch from your lower back through your shoulders.
What Are the Health Benefits of Proper Posture?
Showing your child how to sit and stand correctly will save them a world of hurt in the long run by preventing chronic pain and back problems. Moreover, it will also help them have more energy, decrease their susceptibility to injury, improve their focus, confidence, and overall levels of happiness.
How Can I Help Improve My Child’s Posture?
Try regularly cueing and encouraging your child to maintain proper posture while sitting and standing. Instilling good posture in your children now is going to be one of the best ways to prevent them from getting injured today, and throughout their swiftly approaching adulthood.
If you have further questions about the status of your child’s posture, contact the professionals at Access to Health. You can even download and fill out our Naturopathic Pediatric Intake Form prior to scheduling your appointment with us!