In sports, we're all aware of the importance of proper technique in preventing injuries. However, when it comes to child care we often forget that bad habits and poor lifting techniques can cause serious injury.
Almost every week I see at least one client who has issues stemming from lifting or carrying their children. Some of these injuries are caused by always carrying a child with the same arm, which can result in rotator cuff issues and imbalances in the shoulder. I also often see low back issues from carrying children on one hip. I advise avoiding this practice altogether, but if you must, make sure to alternate hips to maintain equilibrium. Lastly, when lifting kids, use your legs as much as possible, maintain a strong core, and avoid twisting motions.