How to Correctly Lift Your Little One

Have you ever felt a little strain or twinge in your back after carrying around your child? Did you know that one of the biggest causes of back injury is by lifting children? While the simple answer would be to stop carrying your toddler or child about, in reality this can often be impractical. We’ve all been there when our toddler has refused to walk that one time you’re running late or when we’ve quickly swept them up to show them something above their line of sight. Who hasn’t felt the strain of not only carrying a heavy car seat about but also in trying to angle it into the car? There are many ways in which we can put ourselves at risk when carrying our children, but here are a few tips to help reduce that risk… 

When lifting, keep your child close to you. Injuries can occur when you lift your child with arms outstretched. Place your feet shoulder-width apart- if your legs are closer together, you’ll lack stability.

Avoid bending down from the waist, instead squat down and keep your spine relaxed and straight with your head facing forward, then, using your legs, straighten to a standing position. 

Never twist when lifting! Pick your child up and then turn. 

As hectic as life can be with small children, it’s always worth taking a bit more time to employ safe lifting techniques. Back injuries can have a huge impact on your day to day life.

Have you ever had a back injury directly related to lifting your child? Let me know in the comments below.

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