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What are some tips parents can share with their children about correctly carrying a backpack?

Dr. Weber discusses tips for carrying a backpack correctly. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Because of all the books, notebooks and other belongings kids carry to and from school, backpacks that are too heavy and worn wrong can lead to muscle and joint issues, according to the American Academy of PediatricsOff Site Icon (AAP).

Parents can help their kids prevent back, neck and shoulder pains – and potential posture problems – by teaching them the right ways to lift and carry their backpacks. According to the AAP, some tips include:

  • Be organized and use all the backpack compartments, putting the heavier things closer to the back
  • Bend using the knees, not at the waist, when wearing or lifting a heavy backpack
  • Pack lightly and include no more than 15 percent of the child’s bodyweight
  • Tighten the straps to keep the backpack close to the body, about two inches above the waist
  • Use both shoulder straps

The AAP also recommends helping your children to learn some back-strengthening exercises to build up their muscles, especially if they frequently carry a heavy backpack.

Talk to your doctor for more information about ways to help keep your kids from hurting their backs while carrying a backpack.

Learn more:

Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD Family Practice; Christopher Lauricella D.O, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Paul Weber, MD, The Pediatric Group; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Barrow, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Lisa Wright, MSN, NP-C, Ann DeClue, MD; Mark Casdorph, DO, Upper Valley Outpatient Behavioral Health

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