Parents are being urged to stop their children from sitting in the “W position”, amid fears it could affect their development.
According to the Pediatric Therapy Center, the posture is the go-to stance for kids watching TV, but it could actually have an impact on growing legs, hips, and ankles.
If not addressed by the age of two, it could have a massive impact on a child’s core strength and motor skills, affecting their balance, and ability to jump and run.
Extensive use of this sitting position could leave your child ‘pigeon-toed’, meaning they walk with their toes turned in.
‘For children that may be hypermobile, sitting in the “W” position may overstretch the joints and can weaken the trunk muscles as they are not required to be active.’
How should kids sit?
“W sitting is fine for your child if it’s only for short periods of time. The problem occurs when the child sits like this for the majority of their floor time.
“I would highly recommend all parents observe their children sitting and playing on the floor, if they have a natural tendency to W sit then start working on breaking that habit. I recommend that children should spend time in a variety of postures including cross-legged, legs straight out or in a ring”, says Stephen Thomas – Podiatrist.
I used to always sit like this as a child! People would often ask me how on earth I did it. Maybe that is why my back is so dodgy these days.
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