When parents tell their kids to ‘sit up straight’ it’s about more than just correcting their child’s hunched over appearance. Learning to sit and stand in positions that promote proper body alignment and support the spine are important behaviors to develop early in life. Incorporating physical activity, appropriate footwear, supportive sleep surfaces and good body mechanics now can help prevent chronic back pain and other issues down the road. Here are some simple tips to follow to help you build good habits.
If you have concerns about your child’s back health, consult your pediatrician. If you don’t have one, click here to locate an Akron Children’s Hospital pediatrician near you. If your child suffers from a congenital spinal condition or has suffered a back injury, you may need to see a specialist in the Spine Center.