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Backpacks Too Heavy? Chiropractors Say To Keep Tabs

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THE SCHOOL YEAR IS IN FULL SWING, SO IT'S A GOOD TIME TO TAKE A LOOK AT HOW MUCH WEIGHT YOUR CHILD IS TOTING AROUND IN THEIR BACKPACK EACH DAY.
 
DR. ANDREW BANG IS A CHIROPRACTOR AT CLEVELAND CLINIC.
ACCORDING TO DR. BANG, KIDS WHO CONSISTENTLY CARRY HEAVY BACKPACKS FROM GRADE SCHOOL THROUGH COLLEGE, COULD BE SETTING THEMSELVES UP FOR CHRONIC NECK AND LOWER BACK PAIN DOWN THE ROAD.
THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS RECOMMENDS BACKPACKS HAVE WIDE, PADDED SHOULDER STRAPS AND A PADDED BACK.
IN ADDITION, THEY SHOULD BE PACKED LIGHT WITH HEAVIER ITEMS IN THE CENTER OF THE BACK.
RESEARCH HAS SHOWN A BACKPACK SHOULDN'T WEIGH MORE THAN 10% OF A CHILD'S WEIGHT.
 
Dr. Andrew Bang/Cleveland Clinic
"Let's say your child's roughly 60 pounds. If you put more than 6 pounds in that backpack in even under 6 minutes as they walk to school, their posture becomes so poor that it puts extra stress not only on the neck but also puts extra stress on the low back and hips."
 
DR. BANG ADDS THAT TECHNOLOGY IS MAKING IT INCREASINGLY POSSIBLE TO ACCESS ONLINE MATERIALS SO WE DON'T NEED TO CARRY HEAVY BOOKS AROUND AS MUCH.