Family Wellness Forum
I am trying to provide parents of young children with some suggestions of how to take care of their own backs given the physical stresses of caring for young ones. What would you recommend as basic strategies to help parents, especially in relation to all the carrying, lifting, and transferring of young children?
The carrying of young children can surely take its toll on parents. Some practical advice is to use our legs to lift with as opposed to bending over with our backs. It is important to bring our bodies to the level of the child before we do any lifting. Many injuries to the spine occur from lifting while stooping forward. Another critical factor to avoid injury in lifting is to face the child/car seat straight on. Any twist or rotation in our spine while trying to lift significantly increases our susceptibility for injury.