Backpacks are a popular and practical way for children and teenagers to carry schoolbooks and supplies. When used correctly, backpacks can be a good way to carry the necessities of the school day. They are designed to distribute the weight of the load among some of the body's strongest muscles.
However, backpacks that are too heavy or are worn incorrectly can cause problems for children and teenagers. Improperly used backpacks may injure muscles and joints. This can lead to severe back, neck and shoulder pain, as well as posture problems.
You may need to adjust your child’s backpack and /or reduce how much they carry if they:
Look for the following:
To prevent injury when using a backpack, do the following:
Parents also can help in the following ways:
**Source: American Academy of Pediatrics