Don't Overload Your Child's BackpackMore than 5,500 Americans are treated each year for backpack-related back injuries. Of those injured, 64 percent are children, according to a study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
With school just starting, heed these pointers and help your children wear their backpacks in the best Â and safest Â way possible.
The backpack should not weigh more than 10 to 15 percent of the wearer’s body weight. If the child has to lean forward to support the weight of the pack, it’s too heavy. One alternative to carrying the backpack on the back is to purchase a wheeled version, allowing the child to pull it with a handle.
Children should use both straps of a backpack to distribute the weight evenly. Make sure the straps are adjusted so the weight falls in the middle of the child’s back.
The heaviest items should be placed in the lower portion of the pack, placing the weight near the lower back.
Make sure to tell your child to let you know if they are experiencing back pain so you are able to make adjustments or contact your family doctor in the event of a more serious issue.