Answers to Common Children’s Health Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about pediatric health.

What should parents keep in mind when choosing a backpack for their child?

Some school supplies are fairly easy to check off the list – crayons, pencils, notebooks, binders. But one school supply can have a negative effect on your child’s health if you don’t choose carefully.

When shopping for a backpack, your child might be most excited to find one covered in their favorite princess or superhero. The American Academy of Family PhysiciansOff Site Icon (AAFP), however, recommends paying more attention to other parts of the backpack:

  • Overall lightweight material
  • Padded back
  • Strap that fastens around the waist
  • Two shoulder straps
  • Wide, padded shoulder straps

Choosing a backpack that has these parts will help to make sure your child doesn’t have pain in his or her neck, back or shoulders from carrying things to and from school.

For more tips about what to looks for when picking a backpack for your child, talk with your child’s physician.

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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