Does your child’s backpack feel like a 50-pound bag of rocks? You may have noticed that your child struggles to get it on in the morning. What’s more, researchers and healthcare organizations are growing more concerned about the effects of this extra weight on your child’s developing spine.
Why it Matters:
It’s estimated that over 60% of children routinely carry backpacks that weigh more than 10% of their body weight. For some children, they may be carrying a backpack nearly identical to their own body weight!
This is a big deal because researchers have found that carrying heavy backpacks increases the risk of back pain in children by 50%.
The good news? You can help them.
One benefit of the e-learning movement is that digital versions of textbooks are replacing the heavy paper textbooks.
Most experts agree that a backpack should not weigh more than 10% of the child’s body weight. Backpacks that are too heavy can lead to back or neck pain, as well as poor posture. If your child has developed poor posture or neck/back pain, let us know. We would be happy to evaluate their posture and movement to correct any concerns before they become a problem.
by Christopher Freytag, D.C.