Beware of Heavy Backpacks

In the week that many schools return to class, we can not but draw attention to a very common problem: heavy backpacks.

This theme is recurring here on our blog. We have already warned about the problems that a backpack can cause to a spine.

According to a study published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, students carry more than 10 to 15% of their body weight inside their backpacks. The weight carried by children and adolescents can cause serious spinal problems. Do you want more suggestions on how to protect your child from all this weight? One rule is to opt for a backpack that is not larger than absolutely necessary, because if there is room left over, the child will certainly carry more weight than she can handle. To know more about the subject: Attention to what your child carries in the backpack.

Reviewed by, the ideal backpack should also have wide, padded, adjustable shoulder straps (the narrow ones can cause nerve damage), a padded back and compartments inside so heavier items can rest against the child’s back.

And attention to the adjustment of the handles. It is necessary to adjust so that the bottom of the backpack, when full, is not less than four inches below the waist.Children should be advised not to carry the backpack on one shoulder.