The fifth healthy afternoon campaign
When we think of our children’s growth, the growth of their backs rarely comes to mind. Back pain in children? This is unimaginable to many. The topic is very important since childhood.
After all, the foundation for subsequent health is laid in early childhood. How certain environments and conditions promote children’s development and background health is central to the campaign for healthy children. In association with Dr. Dieter Breithecker We’ve worked for you today on everything related to back health, development and prevention of back pain in children.
Dear Dr. Breithecker, Thank you for taking the time to make a short interview! H. As a board member of the Healthy Return Forum – Better Life. V., Medical Expert of the AGR Examination Board and Chairman of the Federal Working Group, you are the ideal interview partner for today’s topic: the development of children’s backs.
Do you want to tell about yourself in 2-3 sentences?
Although my professional foundation is sports science, for years my focus has been on the importance of exercise and its impact on the complex processes of physical, mental, and emotional interactions for people of all ages. Only if we feel comfortable in our entirety, a healthy back is guaranteed, too. For me, sport is more than just a sport. Projects such as designing mobile indoor and outdoor spaces are of particular interest to me.
Thrilling! In the campaign AGR Magazine No. 33 for Healthy Backs for Children, you said that the foundations for later health are laid in early childhood. Would you like to repeat this point briefly?
The first 11 years of a child’s life are characterized by highly sensitive sensorimotor and cerebral maturation processes. This is an age when children experience a variety of perception and movement experiences. The ability to explore, discover and shape a sensory-stimulating living environment – in relation to the senses – while on the move are important actions for healthy biological development processes and therefore their healthy appearance as well. They form the basis and retain more life.
And what can parents do to promote the development of their children at different stages of their development and to prevent postural problems or back pain later on?
First year: In their first year, the baby is already developing rapidly. Important milestones in sensory development are the varied sensory experiences of stimuli in their environment, as well as crawling and the onset of learning to walk. A child has these experiences above all in exchange with his parents, when they encourage him, talk to him, confirm him and share his curiosity and enjoyment of many new things.
1-3: Free walking improves gradually and by the age of two to three years the child is able to run, jump and jump. Stair climbing and jumping are done without outside help. Small climbing trials are managed and first balance trials and challenges are mastered on low walls or fallen trees. Adults have a great responsibility to support these natural movement patterns with a wide range of activities – preferably in natural habitats.
3-5: Already acquired movement actions are differentiated more and more in ever-increasing challenges and locations. When they are together on the field, in the meadow, walking in the garden, forest or field, they learn to move more safely and skillfully and acquire other motor skills: running forward and backward, spinning in circles, climbing, jumping, over and jumping in puddles, balancing, throwing balls and catching out. You can teach children how to ride a bike from the age of four.
So we remember: varied perception and action verbs are especially good. Now let’s run everything. What are the typical early childhood back growth brakes?
There is insufficient support for child development processes if the normal and natural behavioral needs of children described above are not adequately met and if little time is devoted together to provide them with a wide range of cognition and movement stimuli. The issue of overprotection is also counterproductive in this context. Big kids show us the movement qualities they need and what they want to do on their own. Only adults should participate, allowing risks, but avoiding risks. You only learn to fall by falling. Above all, children need time, empathy, and space.
So now the child is growing up and going to school. There are some obstacles here. What should parents pay attention to?
The biggest stumbling block is the significant increase in sitting time. This behavior has more serious health consequences than wearing a bag for a reasonable amount of time. The time of daily exercise also decreases, which in turn leads to a weakening of physical abilities. The diversified and increasing use of digital peripherals is partly responsible for this. It is important for parents to have comprehensive information so that they can decide the right course. AGR (Aktion Gesunder Rücken e. V. / www.agr-ev.de) has a variety of suggestions on its website that you should take into account when purchasing backpack-friendly bags or seating. The BAG website (www.haltungbewegung.de) offers suggestions on how to organize leisure and school in a more active way.
Do you have anything else to add? Are there more insider ideas and tips?
Adults should take the time and close their eyes for a minute. Now let your childhood experiences sink into your consciousness. We hope it will be a childhood without helicopter parents and many active and exciting self-organizing experiences with peers in a natural environment. Even if we can’t reverse all of these memories to this day, many of them are essential to healthy growth.
Thank you very much dr. Extensive checker! Looking forward to these exciting ideas and tips.
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