Is your child’s backpack too heavy, bulky, or about to burst at the seams because your child is constantly stuffing all of their school supplies, textbooks, library books, lunch boxes, and other personal belongings into their backpack? A heavy backpack can cause long-term health problems or injuries. Over the last few years, more children are complaining about neck, shoulder, and back pain as a result of carrying around a heavy backpack every day. I am excited to share with you that some schools are slowly catching on to the dangers of your child carrying too many books in their backpack. Some schools are providing teachers with a set of textbooks for the classroom and then they school sends a textbook home with each student at the beginning of the year so that your child can keep the book at home. As technology continues to improve, more schools can check out digital copies of textbooks and reduce your child’s load.
Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only. If your child is complaining about neck, shoulder, pain between their shoulder blades, or back pain, please see your child’s doctor immediately to rule out serious health problems or injuries.
Learn The Truth About Rolling Backpacks
A few years ago, backpack makers introduced a rolling backpack which was a great idea in theory. Backpack makers wanted to make it easier for kids to haul around a heavy backpack. However, most parents don’t realize that these backpacks aren’t made for icy conditions, snow, stairs, or tight spaces (ie bus, crowded hallways). In fact, some school districts have banned the use of rolling backpacks because they are bulkier and take up more space in the classroom. Before heading to the store to buy your child a rolling backpack, make sure that your child’s school hasn’t banned these backpacks. When your child gets to middle or high school, it will be difficult for your child to roll the backpack behind them in a crowded hallway or end up having to haul their backpack on their back to climb the stairs. If your child has a rolling backpack it is possible that your child is going to have to constantly wear it on their back anyhow, putting them at risk for long-term health problems or injuries. A backpack with wheels add additional weight to your child’s backpack.