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Most kids carry backpacks to and from school because it’s easy to fit everything in them. But, if a backpack’s too heavy or too small or large for your child, it can be harmful to carry, contributing to back pain and injury.
When shopping for a backpack, choose one that is lightweight but strong; has at least two wide, padded shoulder straps; a waist strap to keep the bag stable; and a padded back which offers some protection from anything bulky that’s carried inside.
This advice is just as good for adults, regardless of whether they use their backpacks for school or recreation.
Here are six tips for making your child’s backpack safer to use:
Pack light. The backpack should be at a comfortable weight. Weigh it on a scale. When full, it shouldn’t be more than 10 percent to 20 percent of your child’s body weight.
Carry what’s needed. Make sure your child knows not to carry a whole day’s worth of books and supplies at once. Tell him or her to make trips to his or her locker during the day.
Carefully put the backpack on and off. Your child should avoid twisting too much. When picking up a heavy backpack, your child should bend with both knees, not at the waist.
Use both straps on both shoulders. This is to help spread the weight and promote good posture. Tell your child not to sling both straps over one shoulder. This makes posture off-balance. It can even lead to a curved spine.
Position the backpack. Make sure it sits evenly in the middle of the back. The backpack should sit two inches above the waist. This will help prevent awkward postures.
Tighten and loosen the straps as needed. The straps should be snug when your child is wearing the pack. This helps hold the pack firmly to the body. He or she should then loosen the straps before removing the pack. This makes it easier to take off.
Visit the website of the American Academy of Pediatrics for more information on backpack safety. To find a Saint Peter’s physician, call 1-855-SP-MY-DOC (1-855-776-9362)