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You might consider having a doll to practice with your team for this session to demonstrate the proper lift.
When people talk about safe lifting, they often talk about boxes, furniture or other heavy but immobile items. They rarely talk about children. Lifting a happy child properly is tough enough, but lifting a child properly while he or she is wiggling and screaming and throwing a major tantrum can seem nearly impossible. And because these unpredictable movements make it hard to follow proper lifting procedures, they can be harmful to your back and neck.
One good way to practice how to perform the proper lift is to use a doll or mannequin. Of course, this doll will not be throwing a tantrum, but it gives you a chance to practice the way it should be done.
As you might imagine, there is also a list of don’ts when lifting a child.
We know things can get pretty messy working with children and there’s potential for getting all kinds of stains on your clothing. (You can compare notes later). Please be sure that the potential for mess doesn’t wrongly encourage you to hold the child farther from your body than is safe or prudent. Your clothing can always be cleaned. Always take care of the child first.
We appreciate the work you do with children and we know it’s not easy work. You are shaping young minds and helping them build character values to last a lifetime. We want you to last a lifetime, too!
Are we ready for a quick 3 question true or false quiz on lifting?
When you lift a child, stand slowly, using the strength of your legs, not your back.
If you are strong enough, you can lift the child over a baby gate.
Always lift by squatting.