Stuffed with everything from books to gym shoes to yesterday's lunch, kids backpacks can be a pain in the neck!
No parent wants her child to bear too much weight on his shoulders, but he might leave for school every morning carrying just that — a heavy, uncomfortable backpack.
"It is estimated that at least half of all student backpacks are too heavy for children to be carrying," Brett Wartenberg of New Jersey Chiropractic Association said. "As a result, doctors and chiropractors are seeing more children than ever complaining of back pain, which can have long-term health implications." The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that a child not carry more than 10 to 20 percent of his body weight on his back daily.
Along with back pain, students can suffer from headaches, posture problems and various other health problems.
The warning signs that a child's backpack might be causing a problem are:
· Struggling while taking off or putting on the backpack.
· Leaning forward to carry the bag.
· Numbness or weakness in the arms and/or legs.
· One shoulder stays higher than the other.
But with a few simple adjustments, you can make your child's backpack more comfortable.
You know that fit is everything when it comes to clothing, and the same is true for backpacks. Before your kid heads off to school, try these expert tips from the Good Housekeeping Research Institute and the Chiropractic Association:
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