Children’s Health: Backpack Awareness

With kids, it is important to learn proper backpack safety to protect your children’s posture and prevent injury.  Learning proper fit and adjustment techniques can help increase comfort and prevent back and shoulder pain. First, it’s important to pick the appropriate size backpack for your child. The backpack shouldn’t be much larger than the child’s back and shouldn’t hang very far below the waist.

When it comes to fitting a backpack, it’s all about posture. Wearing a backpack too high or too low on the back can lead to slouching or hunching forward to carry the weight. Position your child’s backpack over the strongest mid-back muscles, allowing it to rest evenly and the child to easily put on and remove the pack. The bottom of the backpack should rest on the lower back or hips.

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