Monday, June 18, 2012

Tips on selecting the right backpack for school children



Improper use and carrying heavy backpacks is the leading cause of developing bad posture. Curvature of the spine, muscle spasms, uneven shoulder, shoulder blades and hips, pinched nerves that lead to shoulder, neck and back problems in school children which they may carry into adulthood.



Initial signs of carrying a backpack poorly are:
  • Pain when carrying the backpack.
  • Red blotch on the shoulders.
  • Numbness or tingling on shoulders and arms.

Here are basic tips on how to select the right backpack
  • Do not choose backpacks which are too big for your kid’s body size.  It should fit between the shoulder blade and top of the waist.
  • To ensure that the weight is distributed to the hips and away from the back, it is important to choose a backpack with a waist and chest belt.
  • Look for ergonomic designs like backpacks with shoulder padding that makes a comfortable and easier wear.  Shoulder paddings will prevent straps from digging in the shoulder.
  • Backpack with multiple compartments is a best buy for better organization and proper weight distribution.

It is also crucial for children to know how to carry a backpack the proper way. Carrying it using both shoulder straps by lifting it properly, bend the knees, use both hands then lift it with the legs and not the back then strap onto shoulders.

Spend a moment with your kids to teach and demonstrate the proper use and packing of their backpacks.  Prevention is the key to avoid a bad back.


10 comments:

  1. Poor kids nowadays their bags are just do heavy, I can't even carry, I don't understand the essence of carrying all those books and notebooks everyday! UrgH! ;(

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  2. This is really informative and helpful. Too bad though I've already suffered the consequences of carrying bulky and heavy backpacks.. :( I have a hard time straightening my back, and I think that's because of my bags back in grade school.

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  3. The shoulder pads are quite a big help. Is the model your son? Bagay :)

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  4. thanks for these tips. my teenage son wanted just a small backpack. his books he had to carry in a separate bag.

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  5. thanks for the tips and i agree on you.. wag kang magdadala ng backpack na mas mabigat pa sau... 

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  6. these are wonderful tips Sis :-) very helpful to kids especially the young ones :-) school is over here tomorrow and the kids are bringing back things and putting it on their bacpack...yesterday my son's backpack is so heavy :-( 

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  7. Great tips! I'm thinking about buying a new backpack for my youngest sister. :) So timely.

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  8. thanks for these tips, mommy. i notice that bags here are really big that when i see kids carrying them i pity them. your tips will be of help when my son goes to school next year.

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  9. That's why I opted for strollers...it's practical except when it's snowing :D

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  10. My daughter who is now a first year highschooler carries a big backpack to school everyday. She feels that her old backpack is perfect for her. She wants to carry everything in her backpack and not bring smaller bags.

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