Kids and Computers

Kids need good computer ergonomics too!

A New York Times article recently stated that at least 70 percent of America’s 30 million elementary school students use computers regularly. As Chiropractic Physicians, we are treating more young patients suffering from the effects of working at computer stations that are designed for adults. Many kids already suffer from repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome and chronic pain in the hands, back, neck, and shoulders. Cornell University published a study that found that 40 percent of the elementary school children they studied used computer workstations that put them at postural risk.

What can you do to prevent harmful physical effects, which can last a lifetime, due to improperly using computer workstation?

  1. If both children and adults use the same computer workstation, make sure the station can be modified for each child’s use.
  2. Make sure wrists are held in a neutral position while typing-not angled up or down.
  3. Position the monitor so that the top of the screen is at or below the child’s eye level.
  4. Hydrate! Your child’s muscles need adequate hydration to work properly and avoid injury. Avoid soda, juices, and other sweet drinks.
  5. Limit time on the computer and make sure he or she takes periodic stretch breaks during computer time.
  6. Reduce eye strain by making sure there is enough lighting and that there is no glare on the monitor screen.

If your child continues to complain of pain and strain from sitting at a computer, see a doctor of chiropractic. We can help alleviate your child’s pain and help prevent further injury.