You care for your child. You do all that you can to help them stay healthy, fit and fine. But, what about their posture? Do you know that a child’s posture could do much worse to their health than what you could even imagine?
With every passing day, we find parents obsessing over the fact that their kids are spending time inside the homes, playing games on their mobile phones, laptops or gaming consoles. But, seriously who is at fault? Who has made this generation a digitally dependent one? The parents. Not the children.
And now imagine what will happen to a child who spends seven to eight hours on those technological blessings that we have got today? When children play with a handheld device, their necks and shoulders roll forward and they gradually start slouching and hunching, affecting their posture badly. But that’s not it. With poor posture comes several negative effects, such as:
Pain – When a kid slouches, their body has to deal with a position that it isn’t accustomed to. As a result, the tension in the muscles increases and they have to work harder than before, leading to soreness and pain. These can become long-term companions of the child and may also increase the chances of injuring the spine, causing lower back pain which may become chronic, if left untreated. Apart from back pain, a poor posture can also cause headaches and foot aches in the long run.
Fatigue – When a child’s body has to work more to deal with the poor posture, it leads them to increased fatigue. The human body knows how to stay upright, it is the normal position for the body. Any change will make it work more to stay upright. This will need more energy, leaving the child more tired than before. Eventually, this fatigue may make them less interested in their studies and even in sports, severely hampering the delights of their growing years.
Low Confidence – Incorrect posture can drastically reduce the confidence of a growing child. Several studies have shown that those who slouch or slump have lower self-esteem and bad mood problems. This lower confidence can also give birth to low motivation and make a child shy – affecting their holistic personality development. Thus, poor posture can lead to serious troubles. In some cases, it results in depression as well, affecting the overall quality of life of the child.
Ways to improve a child’s posture
Now that you know some serious effects of bad posture that children are being increasingly exposed to, it is important to know about the ways to improve a child’s posture and bring it back to normal. Let’s take a look at some of these ways:
- Never let your child lie on the bed while watching TV or playing games. It makes it easier for the body to slouch on the bed. Ensure that your child always sits on a chair and keep the bed only for sleeping.
- Carrying more than what your child’s body can take may lead them to slouch. So, remember that your child’s backpack should never weigh more than ten percent of their body weight.
- Don’t let your child watch TV, play games or sit at a place for more than half an hour. Reduce the screen time into segments of thirty minutes. This is because, after half an hour, the body’s lower back support muscle gets tired and causes slumping.
- Let your child walk as much as they can. This will help in maintaining a good posture and will keep them away from the negative effects of a poor posture.