It’s time we change the way we change diapers.
Too often parents and caregivers put unnecessary stress on the spinal bones and hips, contributing to shifts in the spine that lead to issues with coordination and digestion.
The you think of how many times a day you change a diaper, this stress can add up leading to problems that little ones too often struggle with.
Most parents will grab the ankles and lift towards the head causing significant flexion (bending of the spine) and added stress to the hips and legs. This added stress to the lower mid-spine and lumbar spine can affect the the nerves that regulate digestion come from leading to constipation, and gas.
Another error I see, is lifting the child so high off the table that the child is essentially balancing their weight on their head and neck.
So rather than do that, what we want to do maintain the proper shape of the spine.
One way is to roll baby to the side and wipe. Then roll to the other side and wipe. It can be a little difficult with a toddler or infant that ‘alligator rolls’ as soon as that diaper comes off. (you know exactly what I mean! They lay there all still until the diaper comes off and then they breakdance their way away from you!)
So another way to properly do this is limit the amount of flexion towards the head. Keep the knees together and gently lift slightly sothe proper shape of the low back and mid spine is maintained. Do your wiping and put on a fresh diaper and voila!