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Many children sit on the floor with a very peculiar posture that only they are capable of doing without twisting the gesture, it is the W posture. It is called like this because if we look at them from above, their legs adopt a position similar to this letter: they support the internal part, including the knees on the ground, while the ankles are in external rotation.
It seems that the hips and knees are going to break and, however, the children could not be more comfortable, it gives them stability when playing on the floor. But, if you see your child in this position, you should ... correct him!
Every time I see my children sitting on the floor like that, I get chills, I don't understand how the kneecap can rotate so much and not hurt them, it seems as if they were going to break, but they are so calm and, especially very comfortable. Until recently I let them play in that position, but since I know the repercussions of the position in W I correct them. Why? These are the reasons:
- The knees and ankles have excessive rotation, which means that they can suffer contractures in the muscles of these joints. They may not notice it right away, but they may experience pain later, including lower back pain.
- Certain studies reveal that children who excessively acquire this position have a greater predisposition to have flat feet.
- The hip is rotated inwards, so the inside of the legs suffers too much pressure. They can suffer contractures in the pelvis and hip.
- They may suffer balance problems as it affects the motor apparatus.
- It affects the development of the abdominal and back muscles, which is essential to have a good posture in childhood and a good movement.
- It weakens the abductor muscles, external rotators and hip extensors, so an excessive stay can lead children to walk with your feet in.
To avoid all these disorders, what we must do is correct posture and tell the children to sit: or with the legs crossed (the classic Indian position), with legs stretched out or sideways. It is also convenient that we encourage them to change their posture from time to time and to get up and move between one and another.
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