Blog - Is your child sitting in W-Sitting?

The W-position is one of many sitting positions that most children move in and out of while playing, but it’s not recommended for everyone. Is your child sitting in a position that forms the letter W? Then probably it is time for you to sit up and take note. W-sitting refers to the position when the child sits with legs spread forming the alphabet W.

What is W-sitting Position?

The w-sitting position is a position wherein a child sits on his hips with both knees bent and legs spread behind him forming the alphabet W with his legs. Many growing children do tend to sit in this position while playing.

Why Should W-sitting Be Discouraged?
  • It puts excessive pressure on the hips making the child prone to issues related to hips dislocation etc.
  • This position locks the upper torso thus restricting the movement in the upper part of the body. If the child sits for too long in this position or too much, then the core and the upper torso do not get enough activity through movement and this can lead to a weak back.
  • A weak core, from W-sitting, can affect the child’s balance, running, delay postural control and affect stability in movement.
  • In this position, the thigh muscles become tight which may lead to problems of stiffness in legs and discomfort.
  • With tight thigh muscles, the joints also get adversely affected resulting in a weak gait.
At What Age Do Children Start W-Sitting?

As soon as the child starts sitting without any support, he may start sitting in this position, as this position gives him balance without support. A child with a weak core will automatically prefer to sit in this position. While some outgrow this soon, other children may continue sitting in W-position later on as well which then requires intervention.

How Can Parents Help?
  • Parents need to be more aware and need to keep correcting the position in preschoolers. It is better for children to sit cross-legged or with both legs stretched out in front of them.
  • With older children, who continue sitting W, parents can introduce them to back-strengthening exercises.
  • Yoga, under the supervision of a trained therapist, can also be introduced as it is a great way to strengthen the core.
  • Younger children can be given regular massages on their backs and joints, to strengthen them.
  • Encourage your children to have as much physical movement as possible including running in the park, playing ball, cycling, swimming etc.

Once the child starts sitting and crawling, let him have as much mobility as possible. Remove random furniture, excessive rugs from the house and let the baby have free access to the entire space—all this translates into muscle movement and exercise fro young babies and eventually strengthens their core. So, start early and let your child have the benefit of a healthy core.

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