Have you ever seen your child or someone else sitting on the floor with the legs on both their sides, that form the shape of the letter W? Better known as W sits, this situation can prove to you just how flexible the child.
While flexibility is good for your muscles, the sitting position is definitely not good for you. The harmful effects sitting in this position will not appear immediately, but simply sitting in this way can provide long-term complications and changes to your child. It’s time to stop your child from sitting in this way. Here are compelling reasons why:
1. Restricted Hip Movement: Because there is too much stress on the knees and hips, knees and hips for a short time can be adapted to abnormal force of this sitting position. During the time, external rotation of the hips will be limited, it is difficult for a child to sit with his or her feet in front of the body.
2. Tibial Torsion: W seat also has an impact on the harmonization of the thigh and lower leg. Unfortunately, the child’s lower leg will turn outward, and then becomes stiff during the time when the position becomes a habit. Lower legs then used to excessive lateral rotation, often called tibial torsion.
3. Muscle Tightness: This contraction feels over the edge of the hips and means that the child finds it difficult to balance using one leg.
4. Orthopedic Concerns: This kind of sitting posture can predispose a child to develop hip movement.
5. Neurological or Developmental Holdups: Frequently, children who are sitting in this position also have problems with walking and standing, causing delays, regardless of their age. W seating can stop your child from having a hand preference, because there is no rotation of the trunk.
Breaking the Habit
It will certainly take a lot of time and patience. In addition, your child will need your physical and verbal guidance, but all these efforts will pay off in the end. Every time when you see your child sitting in this position, to help them out of it. Teach them the lotus position or allow them to sit in a chair.
Remind them to sit up straight every time are in a chair or even at the table. It also helps if you let your child to move. Keep them active all the time by stretching, playing and running around can break that W sitting habits.