It is uncertain whether heavy backpacks cause permanent damage in children, but overloaded and improperly-worn backpacks can cause temporary back pain. It is important to ensure your children are using their backpacks correctly.

Here are five things to remember when packing your child’s backpack:

  • Use two shoulder straps at all times
  • Evenly distribute weight
  • Pack heavier items closer to the body
  • Use individual compartments for sharp objects like pencils
  • Secure loose straps and key chains

Happy packing from Patient First!


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