Measures You Can Take To Minimize Back Issues From Your Child’s Backpack


If you have a school-age child, you may be concerned about their back as they lug about a heavy backpack every day. Often, the backpacks that are used to carry a child's books and school supplies are much too heavy for them. Additionally, the pack may be carried in an unbalanced manner. People of all ages may suffer from back pain. Some adults with chronic discomfort experienced their first back issues as children.

Here are a few measures that you can take to help lessen back issues that your child may experience due to a heavy backpack.

Choose the Right Pack

Backpacks come in a variety of shapes and sizes. It's important to select a pack that won't place a high degree of stress on your child's body. Looking at your child's physical frame, try to match the size of the backpack to their body size. Even though a huge pack may be able to carry more items, it may also put more stress on your child's body.

In addition, some backpacks include one huge compartment to contain all of the child's supplies. Others are separated into individualized sections. A compartmentalized backpack is often less damaging if the items that it contains are placed in different sections. The compartmentalization allows the pack to balance the weight of the items that it contains.

Also, consider shoulder straps that are wide and padded. The padding helps absorb some of the stress from your youngster's shoulders, and the width of the straps helps to properly distribute the pack's weight.

Don't Overstuff the Pack

As you fill the backpack, try to evenly distribute its contents, and don't overstuff it. Also, be sure that your child can comfortably bend forward while wearing the filled pack. In addition, be sure to situate the heaviest items toward the child's body to avoid having the pack exert a backward pulling force.

Tighten the Straps

Many backpack straps are adjustable. Tighten the straps of your child's pack to keep the carrier close to the youngster's body. The close positioning helps ensure that the backpack's weight remains properly distributed. When the weight of the backpack is uneven, it can place a large amount of pressure on the child's back and may cause spinal misalignment. Children who develop issues from wearing a backpack incorrectly may experience:

  • Headaches
  • Neck discomfort
  • Shoulder discomfort
  • Back pain
  • Numbness in the hands and arms

If your child is complaining of back pain, schedule a consultation with a chiropractor in your local area.


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