Did you know that your child’s backpack should weigh no more than 10 percent of his or her body weight? Think about that for a moment:
How heavy is your child’s backpack with all of those books, notebooks, and supplies?
September 21st is the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) National School Backpack Awareness Day and a great opportunity for teachers and parents to ensure students are carrying the lightest loads possible and in the most efficient manner.
Here are four tips to packing and wearing a backpack to evenly distribute weight and prevent injuries:
Read through AOTA’s infographic for more backpack fitting tips.
If you notice your child has back pain, see his or her pediatrician or doctor. Bring the backpack to the appointment so the doctor can see how your child wears it and how heavy it is. If the backpack is more than 10 percent of your child’s body weight, talk to his or her teacher about bringing home fewer books each night.
How heavy is your child’s backpack? Weigh it on the scale and tell us in the comments below.