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Backpack Safety Tips For Your Children...

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:

  1. Make sure your child’s backpack weighs no more than 10-15 % of their body weight.
  2. It should never hang more than 10 cm below their waistline.
  3. Purchase the ones with individualized compartments – this helps to position the contents more effectively.
  4. Buy small to medium-sized backpacks -The more room there is, the more your child will carry.
  5. Purchase the ones with wide, padded straps.
  6. Purchase the ones with adjustable straps so the backpack can be fitted to your child’s body.

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