As children grow, they learn many things: crawling the baby as the first and sitting. Sitting on the floor in the first few years of the sweet little ones is also one of the first skills with which they train their muscles.
But doctors at the Penfield Children’s Center in the United States have found that babies can quickly train the wrong posture here. Because there is one way to sit, the so-called “W” -seat position, which children like to accept, but which is harmful! The little ones are sitting in this way with their toes pointing outwards and describing a “W” with their legs.
University of Louisville researchers in the US have often observed this position in children suffering from childhood cerebral palsy. In this condition, children often suffer from poorly developed muscles and take this position because they can sit with so little effort.
Here’s what can lead sitting in this position:
It weakens the sebaceous muscles
For healthy children, however, this can be very harmful, because they have to train their muscles especially at a young age and not spare. But this position is not only alarming because the muscles of the little ones are not trained, and joints and tendons are stressed in a way that can cause back and joint problems in adulthood.
Dislocation of the hip
W-sitting is especially harmful to children with already well-established orthopedic problems such as flat feet and others. They are further aggravated by the prolonged stay of large muscle groups in a weakened condition. These muscles begin to tighten and this leads to their shortening. Movement coordination, equilibrium, upright stance, gait is deteriorating, and the development of motor skills is upset. There are pains in the back and pelvis, as the femoral abductors and the tendons in the leg up to the heel are loaded.
The worst is that the W-position remains undeveloped balance, by the feeling of loss of balance. You will recognize that the W posture has slowed down the child’s motor development if he or she perceives the so- pigeon walk, characterized by stiffness and uncertainty of movements of the lower limbs.
Keeping the child out of this position is consistent.
Once you see him, immediately make him cross his legs, push them forward or sideways. And also to change these positions periodically to develop different muscle groups and motor skills. If this does not work, ask the child to play on a table, sitting on a chair. Usually, children are taught to sit in this post before 8 years of age.