1. Increase Activity
The amount of physical activity of your child can significantly reduce the chances of any posture problems. Avoid to many hours of watching television or playing games. Instead, let them play outsides. For more targeted activity, you can teach your kids to some specific exercises to improve posture. We recommend the following article: Posture Exercises for Kids
2. Improve Self Confidence
Believe it or not, self-confidence really matters in maintaining a healthy posture. And this is something that many kids lack. Luckily there are many ways to raise self confidence in children. The following articles can help:
12 Ways to Raise Self Confidence in Children
How to Build your Child’s Self-esteem
3. Get Good Furniture
Make sure the desk and chair for homework are in the right height. The best chair height is when the feet can comfortably touch the floor. Make sure the chair also has a backrest that can support your child’s lower back.
4. Wear Backpacks the Right Way
Make sure your child wears the backpack correctly. Wearing it wrong can lead to pressures in the neck, shoulder and back as well as pain in arms and hands.
Adjust the straps to make sure the backpack is high on the back. Some kids like to wear their backpacks on one shoulders. It might look cool, but don’t let them have such habit.
Also keep in mind that children shouldn’t carry more than 10% of their body weight. If that’s not possible make sure it’s not above 20%. What also helps is to put the heavier stuff such as books closer to the child’s back.
5. Get Better Shoes
Children’s feet endure 3 times more stress than adults due to high activity levels. Good shoes with proper shock absorption is therefore important. Especially knowing that your foot supports the whole skeletal structure. Many problems with posture, walking, and even back pain can be associated with ill-fitting or poorly made shoes.
6. Consult a Doctor
Your child’s posture is mainly in your control, but whenever you’re in doubt, it’s important to consult a physician or doctor. This sounds logical, but it’s a known fact that many parents believe that certain pains or a bad posture will just go away when children grow up. The reality isn’t like that. Our advise is: act early.
6. Get the iSweo Posture Coach
There’s a lot that you can do as a parent, but sometimes your time and energy is constrained. We’ve developed the iSweo Tiramisu that reminds your child to sit in a healthy posture and take enough breaks when doing homework or playing games. It’s like a private mentor!