Backpack Safety Tips

When it comes to backpacks Dr. Brandon Crouch, a chiropractor, says one size doesn't fit all.

He says: "It's very important that they get a backpack that's relative to the same size as their child is."

Dr. Crouch says he recommends parents buy backpacks with two straps, so the weight of their textbooks is balanced. He says: "It's very important that parents educate their children on the importance of wearing both straps all the time so they can evenly distribute the weight."

The weight of the backpack is also something parents should look at. Dr. Crouch says: "Make sure that the backpack doesn't weigh more than 10 to 15 percent of their body weight as well because that can be very harmful to the child."

With that in mind, The Congress of Chiropractic State Associations says medical professionals advise if your child weighs: 50 lbs he should carry no more than 7.5 lbs, 80 lbs. should carry no more than 12 lbs, 100 lbs. no more than 15 lbs, 130 lbs. no more than 19.5 lbs, or if your child weighs 150 lbs. he should carry no more than 22.5 lbs.

Dr. Crouch says: "It's very important that the parents just watch their child as they're carrying their backpack, just to see if they're specifically carrying it too heavy. They'll be kind of leaning forward or back. You want to make sure they're not leaning to one particular side."

Dr. Crouch says children should keep their backpack straps tight, keep the bottom of the pack close to your waist, and keep it close to your back to help prevent injuries.

Dr. Crouch says if your child has persistent pain you should get a professional opinion.

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