As children we were constantly scolded for hunching, carrying a backpack in the wrong way, and for sitting incorrectly. I do not know a single child who would not get annoyed with that! However, as an adult I understood why it was so important.
A baby’s posture starts to shape in the womb. In the first 3-4 months the skeletal system starts to grow. If the mother is caring about herself, she is simultaneously taking care of the unborn baby. From the very beginning of the pregnancy the mother should rest a lot, exercise, spend plenty of time in the fresh air, and eat healthy non-processed food which provides all the vitamins and trace elements required for proper foetus growth.
How to prevent faulty posture in your child?
Observe your child carefully. Pay attention to the posture: whether the child is walking straight, sitting at the table correctly, or hunching.
Spine curvatures are formed in the early months of a baby’s life. This is why you should:
  • try not to lay your baby only on its back. Lay the baby on its front sometimes. In this position the back muscles will be exercised when it tries to raise its head.
  • do not buy a very soft mattress for the bed, or a too-high pillow.
  • encourage your baby to crawl as it helps to strengthen muscles.
  • expose your baby to natural sunlight as it helps to trigger the production of vitamin D in the skin.
Children of a school age start to grow quickly, and their lifestyle becomes unbalanced. Instead of being very active, the child has to spend long periods sitting at the school desk, and at home doing homework. Nowadays children prefer to spend a lot of free time in front of computers or the TV, instead of being outside with friends. Unfortunately this can lead to the development of faulty postures, and is a good reason why you need to implement some ground rules:
  • EXERCISE WITH YOUR CHILD EVERY OTHER DAY. This can be great fun for both of you, and also beneficial for your own health
  • take long walks with the while family
  • take your child to the swimming pool as this is the best and safest activity for the back
  • encourage your child to be active: run, cycle. Remember that you set the example for your child with your own attitude: if you are active, then your child will be as well
  • get your child used to sleeping on a flat, comfortable pillow which does not cause unnatural spine curvature
  • buy your child a proper backpack: it needs to have a stiff back, and wide straps
  • make sure your child has their desk and chair set to the proper height, and when sitting that their forearms are on the desk. The chair backrest should be curved into the back in the lumbar area, and curved outwards at chest level. Feet should be supported by the floor
  • alongside a normal chair, a kneeling chair should also be bought and kept next to the desk – if it does not cause back pain when sitting for longer periods.
When your child is diagnosed with posture flaw quite early, usually corrective exercises and a change of habits is enough. However, prevention is better than cure!
A great posture in your child depends largely on you. Teach your child the correct body posture, show them how to sit, walk, and stand. Set an example for them with your own attitude and lifestyle.