Tips to encourage good posture in children

23/07/2015 by Aruna Kamath

Have you noticed that the present generation of children spend a majority of their time sitting in front of their devices or books or watching TV. Most often, they’re seen slouching or slumping in awkward positions.  This kind of posture can affect the child’s health in the long run as a result of neck and back strain and weak spinal bones. So it is important to stress on developing and maintaining a good posture. And the best time to start is early on, when children are young. Once it becomes a habit, it’s difficult to break it!

What exactly is good posture?

Good posture means carrying oneself in a way so that there is least strain on the back. It also means that:

  • The ear, shoulder and hip are in line
  • The spine has three normal curves
  • Ligaments that bind the spine don’t get stressed
  • The back and neck don’t hurt that often
  • Less tiredness
  • High confidence levels

What are the factors that contribute to bad posture?

There are several factors that could influence a bad posture. As parents, it is our responsibility to find out the exact cause and make amends to correct.  Here are few reasons that could induce bad posture:

  • Low activity levels
  • Heavy  school bag
  • Badly designed seating equipment at home and school
  • Weak abdominal and back muscles, due to underuse
  • Low confidence levels

Tips to improve good posture in kids:

Good posture, apart from looking good, can keep your child free from back pain and spine-related health issues.  Here’s are a few tips to encourage proper posture

  • Make sure that the school back is worn over both shoulders so that the weight is distributed equally on either side.
  • Ensure that the chair is ergonomically designed and fits your child’s age and height.The backrest should support from the lower back to the shoulder blades and the chair should allow the child’s feet to reach the floor when the bottom is resting against the back of the chair.
  • Engage the child in many activities as possible. Encourage physical exercises or outdoor activities like cycling, running and swimming. This will help in developing strong and flexible muscles
  • If your child is seating for prolonged periods at his desk on in front of the computer, encourage him to take regular stretching breaks to relax the muscles. Posture reversal reduces fatigue and potential strain and pain in ligaments, muscles and joints.
  • Don’t allow them to lie on their backs while watching TV or playing video games.

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