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Do backpacks hurt children’s backs? These are the recommendations to help you keep your back healthy

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When buying school supplies, you not only have to look at the best notebooks or the best pencils, you also have to take into account the quality of the backpack or bag that the children are going to use. Well, if it does not meet certain characteristics, it is possible that the little ones have back pain.

There is no doubt that backpacks are used for children to carry everything they need during a day at school. They can carry books, notebooks, a change of clothes for extracurricular activities, even lunch, but having a lot of load in the backpack can cause pain in the joints and muscles.

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This is the weight that the school backpack should have, according to the agreement of the Ministry of Education

Experts say that adults and children generally shouldn’t carry more than 15 percent of their body weight in a backpack. For example, for a 60-pound child, the weight of the backpack should not exceed nine pounds, the Mayo Clinic portal publishes.

Backpacks or bags must be worn correctly, that is, with both straps over the shoulders. Photo: SDI Productions

To prevent children from having back problems due to misuse of the backpack or rucksack, here is a guide with recommendations that will help your little one relax and maintain a healthy back.

Recommendations to prevent the weight of the backpack from affecting the back

Fit the backpack correctly

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Backpacks or bags must be worn correctly, i.e. with both straps over the shoulders, as hanging from just one shoulder can cause curvatures in the spine, and this in turn will lead to upper and lower back pain.

Use the tall backpack

It is important that the straps are tightened so that the backpack is high on the child’s back, it must also be snug so that it does not swing from side to side when walking.

Choose backpacks with wide straps, with a belt and those with multiple compartments.

Pay more attention to the design than to the drawings

It is essential to teach children to look beyond color or design when selecting a backpack. Choose backpacks with wide straps, with a belt and those with multiple compartments.

It is also important to ask the children to use the backpack correctly and to always try to keep it light, including talking to the teachers so that they do not ask them to carry so many books to class.

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