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Caution with strollers to avoid back injuries

Caution with strollers urged to avoid back injuries for children... and parents

Parents who buy a stroller at this weekends Parent and Child show need to be careful they don’t purchase a device that will harm their child or themselves, warns the New Zealand Chiropractor’s Association (NZCA).

NZCA Vice-President Dr Simon Kelly says parents need to be aware that very young children are particularly vulnerable to spinal cord injuries.

“Parents should always be aware of how a device positions a child’s neck or spine and ensure they follow any manufacturers safety instructions when using a stroller or similar equipment.

“The cervical spine of a child less than one year old is not fully developed so it is important the child’s head does not bob around unnecessarily. Backpacks are not ideal for carrying young children because they do not allow parents to watch the child’s head. Front carriers are preferable for a very young child.

“Parents also need to remain aware of their own health and comfort when transporting children either in wearable devices or pushing strollers.

“Parents should avoid pushing or carrying a load that is too heavy. Practicing with the stroller or wearable device is a good idea before using it with children.

“When parents lift children to place them into a stroller or wearable device, they need to be careful. Don’t bend from the waist, stay as close to the carrying device as possible and place the child without reaching, stretching or twisting. The further the child is from your body, the greater the strain on the spine”, said Dr Kelly.

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