Your child’s backpack plays a very important role in the health of their spine and therefore their overall health. It is generally recommended that children carry no more than 10% of their body weight in their school bags. When a heavyweight (such as a book-stuffed backpack) is incorrectly placed on the shoulders, the weight’s force can pull a child backward. To compensate a child may bend forward at the hips or arch the back which can cause the spine to compress unnaturally.
Here are a few simple rules to follow when choosing a backpack for your child:
- Make sure your child’s backpack weighs no more than 10-15 % of their body weight.
- It should never hang more than 10 cm below their waistline.
- Purchase the ones with individualized compartments – this helps to position the contents more effectively.
- Buy small to medium-sized backpacks -The more room there is, the more your child will carry.
- Purchase the ones with wide, padded straps.
- Purchase the ones with adjustable straps so the backpack can be fitted to your child’s body.
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