Did you know that one of the most common school supplies can also be one of the most dangerous? Backpacks cause more than 7,300 injuries annually, according to an estimate from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Injuries can range in intensity from small bruises on the shoulders to back strains and fractures.
A backpack should weigh no more than 10 to 20 percent of the child’s body weight. Warning signs that may indicate your child’s backpack is too heavy include pain or tingling, changing posture or red marks. Here are some tips for finding a backpack suited for your child:
- Look for a padded back to help reduce pressure
- Multiple pockets can help to evenly distribute weight between the back, shoulders, and torso
- Find one that has compression straps on the side or bottom – this helps keep contents closer to the back
Consider reflective material so your child can be seen by motorists