Why We Should Never Leave Our Kids in This Sitting Position [Video]
Very often we can see Children sitting in the “W” sitting position because they are more stable and very flexible. But this sitting position can lead to some serious orthopedic conditions, as it prevents them from being able to achieve “trunk rotation” and shift their weight.
Not be able to rotate prevents a child from stretching to seize, hold or catch things out of their close or immediate reach. It can also have serious long-term consequences. In order to develop adequate balance reactions, for example being able to catch a fall, a child actually needs to have developed this rotating ability and weight-shifting. These abilities are in fact integral to crossing the midline, which is something necessary for writing.
As all kids develop, each motor skill that gets learned and mastered needs to go on to the next one. If the child interrupts the bilateral coordination because of constant sitting in the “W” position, this can lead to significant delays in achieving other skills.
Those skills are:
- developing hand dominance,
- kicking etc.
Furthermore, W-sitting position can cause actual tightening and shortening of the hip and leg muscles.
That can cause the child to be “pigeon-toed” when he or she walks. As they grow, this will eventually lead to serious complications of pelvic pain and back.
The following video explains well the physiological dangers of allowing the child to sit in the “W” position. It also shows the impairment to properly developing motor skills.
If you have a child, take few minutes to watch this video. Be around your child to move him/her from this sitting position. Maybe it’s a habit for your child because it’s the easiest way to sit and feel comfortable. But once you see the consequences, you will never leave the child to sit on this position again.