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Backpack Safety: Backpack Tips for Little Backs

By The Joint Chiropractic

Back-to-school is tough enough. Your child’s backpack shouldn’t make it tougher. Get a fresh start to the school year with these backpack tips!

Infographic Back to School 2017 | Backpack Safety Tips

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2017 Back-to-School Infographic: Backpack Tips for Little Backs

Shopping for the Right Backpack

Your child's backpack should be as functional as it is cool.

  • Waist and chest belts help transfer weight evenly
  • Backpacks should not be wider or longer than a child's torso
  • Choose a backpack with a padded back and shoulder straps
  • Bigger isn't always better. With more room comes more weight for your child to carry

Backpack Organization Tips

Weight distribution is key to ensure a well-balanced backpack.

  • Kids' backpacks should never weigh more than 10 - 15% of their total body weight
  • Organize by placing heavier items low, near the center
  • Be sure to use those little compartments to ensure better weight distribution
  • Help clean out your child's backpack each week to remove extra weight

Proper Backpack Use & Fit

Smaller children are more at risk for backpack-related injuries.

  • Be sure that both straps are used and adjusted evenly
  • Tighter straps keep the load close to the back for better weight distribution
  • Wearing a backpack too high can cause a child to lean forward or hunch
  • A backpack that is too low can increase pressure on shoulders

For more back-to-school and backpack safety tips, visit our article: Back-to-School 2017: Backpack Safety

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