Welcome to the section of our site dealing with the health issues of infants, children and teens.
This area provides parents with useful information necessary in raising a healthy family. Healthy habits are formed, or not formed, at a very early age. Thus, we urge parents to take an active role in their children's health and teach their children through healthy examples.
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Your child’s backpack should not weigh more than 5-10% of their weight. A heavy backpack will cause your child to bend forward in an attempt to support the weight of their backpack .
Sharp, pointy or bulky items should be packed away from the area that will rest on your child’s back. An uneven surface rubs against your child’s back and can cause pain or blisters.
Your child should use both shoulder straps, not just one. A backpack slung over one shoulder disproportionately shifts the weight to one side and can cause neck and muscle spasms or lower back pain.
Straps should be padded and adjustable so the backpack can be fitted properly to your child’s body. Padded shoulder straps are more comfortable and will prevent the straps from digging into your child’s shoulders. Shoulder straps that are too loose can cause the backpack to dangle uncomfortably, causing misalignment and pain.
Talk to your child about how to wear a backpack properly. A child who is educated early on ergonomic issues can apply the knowledge later in life, and your child will be happy, healthy and pain-free!