Spending all day hunched over a computer can do a number on your posture and spine. Kids are no different and, while they may not get the same aches and pains as adults, ergonomic kids desk chairs can help them sit up straight and stay comfortable while they're doing schoolwork. Since a good ergonomic chair can be tough to find, it's helpful to know what features are the most important and which can be put on hold until they're a little more grown up and need more support.
James O. Sanders, MD, Chair of the department of orthopaedics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill tells Romper in an email, "Fortunately, for children, their spines have a lot of flexibility, and they do not have the disc problems that adults develop," so there is less of a need for a high-end ergonomic chair. Bells and whistles aside, there are a few features he says parents should look for in a desk chair for their child such as a seat "which places the hips and knees at about right angles with the feet on the floor" and ensuring the seat is good and stable to prevent "a backward fall and head injury."
Dr. Sanders also puts an emphasis on how the child is sitting in the chair, rather than the adjustable supports of the seat. Essentially, you don't want your child to have to strain their body in order to type or navigate their computer. He recommends parents "provide chairs which allow a child to look ahead, keep their feet on the ground which distributes pressure across the buttocks, and look forward with their arms in a comfortable position to write or type."
Finding a kids desk chair that can be adjusted a little here and there will do wonders for their posture and comfort. So, if you're on the hunt for one, here are a few great options to pick from.
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