Backpacks. They’re necessary, but they also need to be safe. A child may lug to school more than 10 percent of his or her body weight which can be a serious pain in the back!
Here are some backpack tips to lighten the load:
- Choose a backpack that has two wide straps with good padding to distribute the load evenly.
- Adjust the height. Tighten straps so the bag is centered on the back, ideally above the lower curve of the spine.
- Use both straps. The one-shoulder method may be cool, but it adds serious pressure and throws body alignment out of whack.
- Weigh the bag. It should weigh no more than 10% of the child’s weight. If your child regularly has to carry more than that then you should get them one of those rolling backpacks that they can pull.
- Have your child checked. If your kid complains of back pain-even if it seems minor-talk to your doc. No amount of achiness is normal, and a physician can recommend strengthening exercises to help ease it.