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Don't let the fear of joint pain stop you from enjoying snuggles and playtime with your kids or grandkids. Before you reach down to lift a child, follow these quick tips. To pick up a child from the floor, always drop to one knee first, tighten your stomach muscles, then lift. Never use your back. Do the same thing when returning the child to the floor. Never carry a baby on one hip with one arm. Instead, cradle the child close to your chest, pulling him or her close to the center of your body. And lower a crib railing before leaning in to pick up little ones. Leaning over the railing can result in awkward bending, which could leave you with an achy back.
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