How you can Know Whenever Your Child’s Backpack Is Simply Too Heavy

 

Is your child’s backpack too heavy?

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Backpack Weight Guidelines for Kids

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How heavy is too heavy for your child’s backpack?

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How heavy is too heavy, when it comes to your child’s backpack?

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How to Make Sure Your Child’s Backpack is Not Too Heavy

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It might if they are carrying more than 10 to 20% of their body weight in their backpack, especially if they have to walk to school or they are carrying their backpack on only one shoulder. Carrying a heavy backpack can be a source of “chronic, low-level trauma,” and can cause chronic shoulder, neck, and back pain in your children. Keep an eye on them.

If your child’s posture changes while wearing a backpack, they struggle when taking it off or putting it on or they have any tingling. A “good” backpack should have two well-padded shoulder straps (a chest belt is a bonus) and hang above the waist. And kids should do what they can to leave heavy books in their lockers or at. “Generally, a child’s backpack should weigh no more than 10 percent of the child’s weight,” Dr. Sebastian reports. (For example, a 60-pound child shouldn’t carry more than 6 pounds in their.

How to Tell If Your Child’s Backpack is Too Heavy. Backpack weight should not be greater than 10-15 percent of a child’s body weight. Van Der Molen recommends weighing the full backpack on a scale for an accurate calculation for the child/bag weight ratio. He also suggests watching for these signs: Walking pattern. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, backpacks should never weigh more than 10% to 20% of your child’s body weight.

That means an 11-year-old of average weight — 80 pounds — should be. Simply weigh your child’s backpack, with typical contents inside, to determine how heavy it is. As a rule, it should weigh no more than 10 percent to 15 percent of your child’s body weight (closer to 10 percent is preferable). For example, if your child weighs 50 pounds, he or she should carry a pack no heavier than 5-7 pounds. Experts say backpacks should be no more than 10 to 15 percent of your child’s body weight.

That means that a 50-pound kid’s backpack should weigh no more than seven and a half pounds. Yet at St. Researchers say a child’s backpack should weigh no more than 10 percent of what the student weighs. They add that trolley backpacks should weigh less than 20 percent of a child’s weight. Experts.

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons recommends that the weight of a backpack should be less than 10-15 percent of a child’s body weight, but that isn’t always the case. Too often, children don’t wear their packs correctly, increasing risk of injury.

List of related literature:

A backpack and its contents should not exceed 10% to 15% of a child’s body weight.

“Primary Care for the Physical Therapist E-Book: Examination and Triage” by William G. Boissonnault
from Primary Care for the Physical Therapist E-Book: Examination and Triage
by William G. Boissonnault
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2010

A backpack that weighs more than 10% of the child’s body weight is enough to cause a child to have to lean forward chronically to bear the weight.

“Maternal & Child Health Nursing: Care of the Childbearing & Childrearing Family” by Adele Pillitteri
from Maternal & Child Health Nursing: Care of the Childbearing & Childrearing Family
by Adele Pillitteri
Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2010

Children and adolescents generally do well with strategies such as decreasing backpack weight, making sure the backpack is level to their shoulders, carrying the backpack on both shoulders, and using proper body mechanics when picking up items from the ground.

“Pediatric Rehabilitation: Principles & Practice” by Michael A. Alexander, MD, Dennis J. Matthews, MD
from Pediatric Rehabilitation: Principles & Practice
by Michael A. Alexander, MD, Dennis J. Matthews, MD
Springer Publishing Company, 2009

Parents can reduce the likelihood of injuries by purchasing backpacks that are lighter, have wide padded shoulder straps, a padded back, and a waist belt to evenly distribute the weight across the body, and by making sure their child knows the correct way to pick it up, put it on, and wear it (KidsHealth, 2013).

“Child Development From Infancy to Adolescence: An Active Learning Approach” by Laura E. Levine, Joyce Munsch
from Child Development From Infancy to Adolescence: An Active Learning Approach
by Laura E. Levine, Joyce Munsch
SAGE Publications, 2014

* Unload heavy backpacks by having the child hand carry a book or other item.

“Biomechanics of Musculoskeletal Injury” by William Charles Whiting, Ronald F. Zernicke
from Biomechanics of Musculoskeletal Injury
by William Charles Whiting, Ronald F. Zernicke
Human Kinetics, 2008

Experts recommend that backpacks weigh no more than 10 percent to 15 percent of a child’s weight, but the average backpack weighs in at 20 percent.1

“What's Age Got to Do with It?: Living Your Healthiest and Happiest Life” by Robin McGraw
from What’s Age Got to Do with It?: Living Your Healthiest and Happiest Life
by Robin McGraw
Thomas Nelson, 2010

The maximal weight of these packs should be 20% of the child’s bodyweight until he or she has had significant backcountry experience and can comfortably carry more.

“Wilderness Medicine E-Book: Expert Consult Premium Edition Enhanced Online Features” by Paul S. Auerbach
from Wilderness Medicine E-Book: Expert Consult Premium Edition Enhanced Online Features
by Paul S. Auerbach
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2011

Backpacks The day pack should fit the child.

“Wilderness Camping & Hiking” by Paul Tawrell
from Wilderness Camping & Hiking
by Paul Tawrell
Globe Pequot Press, 2007

Place the child with very minimal clothes in the middle of the weighing scale.

“Wong's Essentials of Pediatric Nursing: Second South Asian Edition” by A. Judie
from Wong’s Essentials of Pediatric Nursing: Second South Asian Edition
by A. Judie
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2018

It seemed heavier than a backpack should be for a five-year-old.

“The Best American Short Stories 2017” by Meg Wolitzer, Heidi Pitlor
from The Best American Short Stories 2017
by Meg Wolitzer, Heidi Pitlor
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017

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