Backpack Safety for Your Children

Important Advice from Our Chiropractor in Nashua

You have probably taken all kinds of steps to prepare your kids for another school year. But there is one particular form or preparation that many parents and kids are not aware of — backpack safety. Did you know, for instance, that 20 million students (out of a total pool of about 40 million) are carrying a dangerous amount of weight on their backs every school day? Here are some things you can do to help prevent back pain in your kids:

Pick the right backpack. If the backpack does not distribute that load evenly across the back, your child may develop muscle strain and posture problems that could eventually lead to serious spinal misalignments. Choose a backpack that has two sturdy shoulder straps, and ideally a waist strap as well.

Make sure your child wears the backpack correctly. Show all your children how to put their backpacks on correctly, and adjust the straps so that the weight of the pack does not hang too far away from their center of gravity. Explain to them that they might hurt themselves if they wear their backpacks incorrectly. The better they understand why they are playing it safe, the more likely they are to follow the rules.

Pack the backpack wisely. This is another process you may have to explain to your kids. The heavier items should go in the bottom of the backpack, with lighter items on top. This keeps the backpack from getting top-heavy and throwing off the wearer’s proper weight distribution when standing or walking.

Limit the load. The North American Spine Society recommends that children carry no more than 10 to 15 percent of their body weight in a backpack. Ask your teachers if they can give students handouts for home study, instead of forcing the kids to lug heavy books around.

Chiropractic Care Is Standing By

If your child does experience back pain, bring him to Main Street Wellness. Our chiropractor in Nashua can provide chiropractic care to patients of all ages!

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