The most important thing is to make sure the backpack does not exceed 15% of your child’s body weight.
If your child weighs 100 lbs for example, then the backpack and its contents should not weigh more than 15 lbs.
It is also important to load the heavier items first (eg. laptop, text books) so they rest directly against your child’s back.[flashvideo file=http://lifechiropractic.s3.amazonaws.com/09.16.2014.back.pack.safety.bi-1.m4v image=https://lifechiropracticcentre.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/backpack.safety.jpg width=500 height=305 /]
This will make the backpack easier for them to carry.
Please be sure to choose a backpack that has adequate padding on the shoulder straps and down the middle where it rests against your child’s spine.
Wearing it correctly is also very important.
Slinging it over one shoulder or wearing it too low down will only result in bad posture and spinal pain including headaches, shoulder pain, neck pain and even lower back pain.
It should be centered between the top of the shoulders and the waist and secured firmly in the front with the waist strap.
Packing it light and wearing it right is the key to backpack safety for all children.
If you have any questions on this topic or any other health concerns you may have or your children may have, please give us a call.
Remember that consultations are always free of charge and family appointments are always available.
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