Correct Posture of child
While the child is growing and developing, we are happy to see them achieving their milestones; and in this we overlook how the child is doing it, what is the posture of child while he is sitting and playing with his toys
It is very important for us to see and understand the child’s posture while he is playing because it can affect their development. We often find children sitting in W Sitting position when they play with their toys which is not the correct posture for them to sit and we should stop them to sit in that position as it is going to affect their overall development
What is W Sitting
W Sitting is when the child is sitting on the ground, his bottom, knees and feet are touching the ground with legs turned backward outside of knees resembling the letter ‘W’ resulting in weak trunk, poor posture and balance
Why do children sit in this posture
– While playing, children often tends to sit in W Sitting because they get more base of support so they require less muscle strength to achieve more stability.
– It adds to their trunk and hip stability to allow easy manipulation of toys.
– It adds to their security as they play without any worry of falling over.
What is wrong in W Sitting
– When the child is sitting in this posture, he requires less muscle strength thus resulting in trunk muscles weakness while playing in other sitting posture, child develops trunk control.
– It results in poor sitting posture due to muscle weakness.
– When the child is playing in W Sitting position, it doesn’t permit him trunk rotation and lateral weight shift, thus affecting his midline crossing that is required while writing and table top activities and also affecting child’s other fine motor skills and motor planning.
– Since the child lacks trunk rotation, it affects in development of dominance of child, When the child is playing in this position, if the toy is kept on the left side he would pick toy with left hand and if the toy is kept on the right side he would pick with right hand due to lack of trunk rotation hence affecting the development of his dominance.
– It makes it difficult for the child to shift his weight from one side of body to other thus affecting the child’s balance and affecting his gross motor skills
– Excessive use of this posture can lead to early future orthopaedic conditions
Correct posture to sit
– Cross-legged position- make your child sit in cross-legged position with or without support
– Corner Sitting position- you can make your child sit cross-legged in corner where two walls meet to provide him back support with his back straight and make him do activities on small table kept in his front
– Long sit position- make your child sit with legs extended
– Side Sitting position- you can make your chid sit on either of the side as this position would permit the lateral shift of weight on both the sides of body
– Sitting on small bench with foot resting on floor and back resting straight on back of chair
– If the cause of W Sitting is weakness of trunk muscles, exercise for trunk strengthening should be done
– Always remind your child about the posture