Summer went by quickly – it’s already time for kids to head back to school! Before you do your back-to-school shopping, we wanted to bring kids backpack safety to your attention. Your kids carry heavy materials in their backpack daily, and if they carry too much or the backpack isn’t the proper size for your child, it could cause back and shoulder pain or posture problems.
Our 5 Tips for Kids Backpack Safety:
1. Choose a backpack with the right design.
If the backpack isn’t structured correctly, it will likely cause discomfort and/or injuries for your child. Some things to look for are:
- Size (make sure it’s appropriate for your child’s age and height/weight)
- Weight (avoid leather or other heavyweight material)
- Shoulder straps (make sure there are two, thick and padded shoulder straps)
- Padded back
- Waist belt (helps distribute weight of the backpack evenly)
- Extra space compartments
2. Weigh it before he/she wears it.
Use a bathroom scale to make sure your child’s backpack isn’t too heavy. It should not be over 10% to 15% of your child’s body weight.
3. Check the straps.
Make sure the straps of the backpack are tight enough that the backpack remains close to your child’s body. Also, encourage them to always use both straps and not just on one shoulder.
4. Encourage your child to use their locker.
If your son or daughter has a locker at school, they should keep their textbooks, sports equipment, and other heavy school materials there when possible. Only bring them home when necessary for assignments or studying.
5. Pick up the backpack correctly.
Teach your child how to properly pick up their backpack. Heavy backpacks should be picked up with the knees bent, using both hands.
If you notice that your child is struggling to pick up his or her backpack or complains of back, neck, or shoulder pain, it may be good to review these important points on kids backpack safety (and maybe declutter and/or buy a new backpack!)
Have any questions? We’re happy to help! Feel free to contact us anytime.