Back to school 6 tips for a safe backpack

07/09/2019

As we approach the return to school year, two things come to mind, 

  1. How will my child be when he or she returns to school? 
  2. and has a safe backpack? 

The ACA offers the following checklist to help parents choose the best backpack for your children: 

  1. Is the backpack the right size for your child? The backpack should never be larger or smaller than your child's trunk and should not hang more than 10 Points below the waist. A backpack that hangs too low increases the weight on the shoulders, causing your child to lean forward when walking. 
  2. Does the backpack have two wide, padded shoulder straps? Unfilled straps are not only uncomfortable, but they can also put undue pressure on the neck and shoulder muscles. 
  3. Does your child use both straps? Having a heavy backpack from a strap can cause disproportionate weight shift on one side, leading to neck and muscle convulsions, low back pain and poor posture.

  4. Shoulder straps are adjustable? The shoulder straps must be adjustable so that the rucksack can fit into your child's body. The backpack should be evenly centered in the center of your child's back. 

  5. Is the backpack stuffed back in contact with the back? Back filling not only provides increased comfort, but also protects your child from the sharp edges of school supplies (pencils, rulers, notebooks, etc.) in the backpack. 

  6. Does the backpack have many compartments? A backpack with personalized compartments helps to position the content better. Make sure that bulky or bulky objects are away from the area where your child's back rests, and try to fit them in the backpack cases. 

The ACA recommends that parents or guardians help children properly pack their backpacks and ensure that children never carry more than 10 percent of their weight. 

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