Your Kid Could Have 'Text Neck'

Good Housekeeping

Have you ever heard of 'text neck'? Or have you ever had your neck hurt after looking down at your phone? If you answered yes to either of those, you are not a long. According to Good Housekeeping, 'text neck' is where kids especially are developing more neck, shoulder and other back pain from constantly looking down at their phones but also due to how they sit.

"Increased use of digital media (and less time active playtime) is affecting children's posture, causing neck and back pain, and may permanently impact how their bodies' grow and develop, according to Cordelia Carter, M.D., pediatric orthopedic surgeon and director of the Pediatric Sports Medicine Center at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital."

A lot of adults suffer from this too but there are ways to readjust including awareness - being aware of what you are doing so you can correct it.

"Cutting down on screen timeis the first step preventing future discomfort and inflammation, but teaching your kids (and yourself) a few ergonomic techniques can go a long way. Holding your phone up higher at eye level puts less strain on your neck. Resting a tablet on a thigh or table — as opposed to giving it to your kids to hold — can also ease the weight exerted on hands and wrists."

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