Protecting Kids’ Spines With Backpack Safety

I know this year looks a little different with kids returning to school. Some kids are physically going to school in-person, some are staying home to learn virtually, and some have a hybrid approach with a mixture of both in-person and virtual experiences.

 

If your child is physically going back to school, they will probably be wearing a backpack. Although a backpack is a necessity for carrying books, papers, school supplies, and even a laptop, it can also be one of the most common causes of spine or back problems for a child. 

 

Have you seen a teenager exiting the school building leaning forward under the weight of a backpack while also carrying their sports bag and musical instrument?

 

They look like they are coming from a weekend camping excursion instead of a 7-8 hour school day!

 

Have you seen a 1st grader wearing a cute glittery backpack or a mighty superhero backpack that looks bigger than the child wearing it?

 

They look like they are about to fall over as their little legs try to keep up with their parents as the enormity of their back bumps them in their bottom or the back of their legs!

 

So, how should your child wear a backpack?

 

Backpack size and weight matter for a healthy spine. As a Mom of two elementary age daughters, I want my girls to be comfortable carrying a backpack instead of being crushed by its enormity or weight. I want the same for your kids too.

 

Watch this short video to learn how to keep your kids safe and not complaining of back and neck pain in the first month of school: https://www.facebook.com/ApexNetworkMtPleasantWI/videos/299955091080994/

 

To Your Best Health and Best Success,

Dr. Jeanette

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