5 things you need to know about your kids backpack.
There has been an alarming increase in the amount of textbooks we see our kids going to school with over the last few years (you would think it should be less since so much is done on computers and tablets). Since we have an office full of worried mom’s always asking what backpack should I be letting my kids use? We decided to come up with some helpful tips for all you parents that have asked the same question and need a good answer. Here in Kendall we are able to use a wheeled backpack but make sure you check with your school and make certain you buy one that is allowed.
1. The bag should not weigh more than 15% of your child’s body weight.
ex. Kid weighs 100 lbs book bag should weigh no more than 15lbs. ( if it is going to be worn on his or her back). Tip: average textbook weighs about 1.2 lbs
2. Wheeled back back are the new trend and can save your kids back, just make sure they switch up they are switching the hand they pull it with. If your child can not use the wheels during class and around the hallways at least they can be used to and from the car and when waiting for their ride.
3. Make sure they are using both straps. If kids have just the one shoulder strap because it looks cool explain to them how back pain is not cool. The excess weight to one side is a major cause of shoulder and neck pain. Over time this can cause imbalances to the spine that could be irreversible.
4. Make sure the shoulder straps are not too tight. Why is this one important? There and nerves and arteries that supply the arms with circulation and function. If those straps are too tight they can be cutting off the blood and cause numbness and tingling (especially with those heavier backpacks).
5. Look at the way your child walks with the back pack. Ask yourself this question. If I were to walk in that position for an hour would my back hurt? If your answer is yes it is probably bad for your son or daughter.
Hope this helps during the school year!