Don’t Let That Backpack Drag You Down

Public health experts have recognized for many years that excessively heavy backpacks can cause back and neck pain in children.  These tips can help:

• Make sure your child’s backpack weighs no more than 5-10% of their body weight

• Your Backpack should never hang more than 4 inches below your child’s waistline

• Purchase Backpacks with individual compartments. This helps to position the contents more effectively

• Buy a small to medium backpack. The more room there is in a backpack the more you carry

  • Urge your child to wear BOTH shoulder straps
  • Purchase Backpacks with wide padded straps
  • Purchase Backpacks with adjustable straps so it will fit your child’s body
  • If your child’s backpack is to heavy, talk to their teacher to see if they can leave the heaviest books at school

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