Is Your Child’s Backpack Too Heavy?

It’s back to school time! With all the joys of a new school year also come more books, laptops and athletic equipment. The result is backpacks that are surprisingly heavy. Happily, there are a few things you can do to lighten the load and reduce back, shoulder and neck strain.

Fit the Backpack

First things first, make sure your child’s backpack fits properly. The backpack should fit squarely on the shoulders. Where possible, try to use a lumbar strap or hip strap for even more support.

Track the Weight

 The formula is simple, according to Sutter Health.* Take your child’s weight and multiply it by 0.15, then you’ll have your child’s maximum backpack weight.

For example…

  • A 50-pound child should carry a maximum of 7.5 pounds.
  • A 100-pound child should carry a maximum of 15 pounds.
  • A 150-pound child should carry a maximum of 22.5 pounds.

When in doubt, empty it out! Talk with your child about limiting what they’re carrying and maximizing their locker space.

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Source:

*https://www.sutterhealth.org/health/childrens-health/how-heavy-is-too-heavy-for-a-childs-backpack