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Avoid pain from backpacks this school year

  • Kids carrying heavy school bags are witnessed commonly these days, it’s important to remember that heavy backpacks can be the source of back, neck and shoulder-related pain in children and teenagers. Parents and guardians should ensure children aren’t carrying a heavy load and that backpacks are being worn correctly for proper posture and even weight distribution.
  • According to an American statistics, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in 2016, emergency departments, doctors’ offices and clinics treated 35,937 people for backpack-related injuries. We encourage children and their parents to consider safety tips to help reduce their risk of injury.

EXPERT ADVICE

  • “Make sure your child is only carrying the essentials to lessen their load,” said an AAOS spokesperson, “In addition to a light load, it’s important backpacks have two wide, padded shoulder straps to improve comfort and promote good posture.”

Backpack safety tips:

  • Always use both shoulder straps when carrying a backpack. The correct use of both wide, well-padded shoulder straps will help distribute the weight of the backpack more evenly across the child’s back.
  • A crossbody bag can also be a good alternative for carrying books and supplies.
  • Tighten the straps to keep the load closer to the back.
  • Organise the items: pack heavier things low and towards the centre.
  • Pack light, removing items if the backpack is too heavy. Carry only those items that are required for the day and, if possible, leave unnecessary books at home or school.
  • When picking up a backpack, lift properly by bending at the knees.

Parents also can help with backpack-related matters:

  • Encourage your child or teenager to tell you about numbness, tingling, or discomfort in the arms or legs, which may indicate poor backpack fit or too much weight.
  • Watch your child put on or take off the backpack to see if it is a struggle. If the backpack seems too heavy for the child, have them remove some of the books and carry them in their arms to ease the load on the back.
  • Do not ignore any back pain in a child or teenager.
  • Talk to the school about lightening the load. Team up with other parents to encourage changes.
  • Encourage your child to stop at his or her locker when time permits throughout the day to drop off or exchange heavier books.

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