A staggering 61 per cent of parents are suffering from back and neck pain from looking after their baby and toddler, new research revealed.
The research commissioned by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) also found that over half (55 per cent) of parents’ backs and neck pain has prevented them lifting or carrying their child. With more parents turning to alternative methods of dealing with the pain such as extracting CBD oils at home, turning to rosin press machines and even getting addicted to prescribed drugs when simply looking for a natural cure, it’s never been more important to fully understand exactly why getting a proper lifting technique is vital to maintaining back health.
Tim Hutchful, BCA chiropractor, commented: “As a parent myself, I understand how easy it is to put a strain on your back when looking after young children, as you are constantly carrying them from A to B, bending down to pick up their toys and generally attending to them.
“For this reason, it is important to ensure that you are not damaging your back in the process.”
For all parents suffering from back pain, the BCA have provided this advice when looking after and playing with your child.
Carrying your baby or toddler
Carrying your baby as close as possible to your centre of gravity is advisable – across your back or front is best. A carrier/sling or papoose is a good option
Select a carrier that ‘criss-crosses’ at the back, so baby’s weight is distributed more evenly. Make sure you read the instructions that come with the product to ensure that you are using it correctly
As your baby grows, lifting and carrying gets more difficult. Encouraging toddlers to do as much as possible for themselves, as appropriate, such as getting into the car seat, will save your back a lot of stress
A pushchair or pram with adjustable height settings is ideal, as it can be moved to suit your own height and that of anyone else who will be pushing it. You should be able to walk upright with a straight spine and your hands resting at a comfortable height, which will help you maintain a good posture
Playing with your child
Get down to your child’s level, rather than bending over
Avoid spending too long kneeling down as this can put pressure on the knees. If you are kneeling, keep your back straight
In any position, it is easy to get absorbed in what you and your child are doing. Try to remember to change position regularly
Don’t bend to pick up toys, bend your knees. Watch your child and observe the natural squatting posture they use to pick things up.