Answers to Common Children’s Health Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about pediatric health.

What symptoms can indicate that a backpack is negatively affecting a child?

From bruises to sprains, to strains and fractures, it’s estimated that more than 7,300 backpack-related injuries are treated annually, according to the Consumer Product Safety CommissionOff Site Icon.

Carrying a backpack that’s too heavy – more than about 15 percent of your child’s body weight – can have negative effects on a child’s neck, back and shoulders, according to the National Safety CouncilOff Site Icon (NSC).

Warning signs that could mean your child’s backpack is too heavy, according to the NSC, include:

  • Difficulty putting the backpack on or taking it off
  • Pain when wearing the backpack
  • Posture change with the backpack on
  • Red marks on the shoulders or back
  • Tingling or numbness

If you notice any of these issues with your child’s backpack, you should consider changing backpacks, lightening the backpack as much as possible, reviewing good techniques for carrying a backpack, and visiting your child’s doctor if you are concerned about his or her health.

Talk with your child’s doctor for more information about the signs your child’s backpack is too heavy and causing them health problems.

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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