Do you `wear’ your baby in a sling or do you use the car seat to transport the child around?
In spite of the many advantages of baby slings, such as spinal and muscular development, and emotional and psychological well-being, a majority of parents still choose to use the car seat to carry their baby.
Baby car seat manufacturers have done such a great job of marketing the convenience of these seats (to take the child from the car into the house or the mall or grocery store without having to move or disturb it) that busy moms have embraced the car seat as the best time-saving equipment to transport their little ones while they get on with their daily chores.
But as many moms will tell you, carrying a car seat around on a daily basis is extremely hard on the body.
“Carrying an infant car seat on your arm is the equivalent of walking around with three or four full paint cans in one hand, something most people won’t do, but yet, parents will carry a car seat that way,” says Mary Ellen Modica, a Physical Therapist at Schwab STEPS Rehabilitation in Chicago.
Lugging a baby car seat around can cause what is known as repetitive stress injuries (RSIs), because the repetitive use of certain parts of the body lead to chronic aches and pains in the back, neck, shoulders, elbows and wrists.
And the problems arise because most of the time, moms are carrying the car seat the wrong way!
Yes, the wrong way. Slipping your arm through the car seat handle and carrying the heavy equipment like a basket is what most moms do. And it is this practice that is leading to aggravated RSI symptoms.
HOW TO CARRY A CHILD CAR SEAT THE RIGHT WAY
In a video that has gone viral — and rightly so, because every mom needs to know this — Dr Emily Puente of Bridge family Chiropractic in Mansfield TX demonstrates how a child car seat should be carried so it does not hurt their bodies.
“This technique is not going to hurt your shoulder, it’s not going to hurt your hip, and you’re not going to have to use your knee to swing it like I had to do with my two kids,” says Dr Puente. “Someone taught me this before, and it’s been the greatest thing.”
As soon as moms switch to this technique, there’s a big change in how they use their body. They’re able to distribute the weight of the car seat carrier optimally without putting unnecessary pressure on vulnerable parts of the body.
If you’re a mom, do watch this video. If you know a new mom, share the car seat carrying technique with them.
Truly, it’s a life saver!