“W-sitting” is a frequently used position by children.
In this position, children sit on their bottoms, with their knees bent, their feet are tucked under them, and their legs are spread out to the side in what looks like a “W”.
For most of the parents, this is a normal sitting position for their children. But, sitting in a “W” position too often can negatively impact a child’s development and growth.
The Negative Effects of “W-Sitting” Include:
- Delayed Development of Postural Control and Stability
- Orthopedic Problems
- Delayed Development of Refined Motor Skills
Exclusive “W-Sitting” Puts Undue Stress On:
- The Hip Abductors
- Heel Cords
- Internal Rotators
Dislocation is easy and common with children who usually sit in this position. Also, this sitting position leads to shortened or tightened muscles, and this affects the development of motor skills, balance, and coordination.
So, it is really important for every parent to teach the child how to sit correctly and remind them of how to sit on the floor. Another good solution is buying a small desk or table with a chair.
Take a look at the video below for more ideas!
Video Source: Penfield Children