Go to any elementary or middle school and you are sure to see tons of kids weighed down by their backpacks. Did you know the average school textbook weighs between 3 and 4 pounds? Kids are carrying on the average of 8-12 pounds in books every school day! You may not have a say when if come to books having to come home for homework, but her are some way to minimize your child's back strain. Your kids may not have much of a choice when it comes to which books to carry home every night, but we found some smart tips to prevent or minimize back strain. Experts recommend that children carry no more than 10 to 15 percent of their body weight.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children who regularly carry an overloaded backpack are susceptible to back pain, poor posture, muscle strain and headaches.
Here are some great steps to relieve some of the side affects:
Are rolling backpacks a good alternative? Not always. Some schools ban or discourage wheeled backpacks because students can trip over them in crowded hallways, so check with your school before you make a purchase.