Your kids will be heading back to school in a few weeks and you pay be getting ready to purchase a new backpack for them. Your child may experience back or neck pain if the bag they are carrying is too heavy or worn incorrectly. Here are some tips for choosing the right backpack and wearing it in a way that will reduce the chance of back pain.

  • Skip the rolling backpacks. While this seems to be contradictory (rolling backpacks aren’t worn on the back!) many schools have stairs- especially upper grades and your child may then be forced to lift and carry the heavy bag up stairs.
  • Pack light. Only have your child bring the essentials. Leave heavy books that aren’t needed at home. Keep the weight 10-15% of your child’s weight.
  • Always wear two straps. This will help distribute the weight equally among both sides reducing strain.
  • Keep straps tight. Have the straps so that they are flat against your child’s back. Choose one with padded straps to avoid pain.
  • Pack heavy items on the bottom. This will keep weight distributed correctly.

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