Basic Posture Tips for All Children

Be sure to sit at a desk when coloring to accomplish the best posture possible.

Be sure to sit at a desk when coloring to accomplish the best posture possible.

Posture is as important for children as it is for adults. Follow these tips to improve your child’s health and try them yourself as well.

  1. When playing with large puzzles over the floor, encourage your child to side sit.
  2. When your child is coloring, make sure they sit at a desk:
     • His or her back should not be hunched over
     • His or her hips should be resting toward the back of the chair
     • Occasionally stoke your hand on his or her mid back to straighten the spin
     • Knees should be 90 degrees flexed and feet flat on the floor.
  3. When reading a book, avoid lying in bed and bending your neck excessively. Encourage sitting upright with back support and keeping the book /ebook toward eye level.
  4. When sitting in front of an office desk or dining room table
     • Bring body close to the table
     • Lower back should be supported by the chair, not the upper back
     • The pressure on one’s leg should be evenly distributed from the back of the knee to the buttocks.
     • All objects on the desk should not be outside the length of your arm.

More information can be found at: http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/computerworkstations/positions.html