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Packing Up: Prevent Backpack Injuries

09-01-2018The Well

Kids are back in school which means their backpacks are chock full of heavy school supplies! Kids are carrying more than ever in their backpacks and the load is getting heavy! Backpack injuries are a real concern. Doctors treat at least 14,000 children each year with injuries related to heavy backpacks.

Here are some helpful tips to help your child this school year:

Watch. Encourage your child or teenager to tell you about numbness, tingling or discomfort in the arms or legs, which may indicate poor backpack fit or too much weight being carried.

Ease. Watch your child put on or take off their backpack to see if it is a struggle. If the backpack seems too heavy for the child, have them remove some of the books and carry them in their arms to ease the load on their back.

Act. Do not ignore any back pain in a child or teenager. Seek medical advice and care. 

Partner. Talk to the school about ways to lighten the load in the backpack. Is there a way to do homework and study for tests without taking home the hardbound book? Team up with other parents to encourage changes.

Strategize. Encourage your child to stop at his or her locker when time permits throughout the day to drop off or exchange heavier books.

Invest. If your child has back pain that does not improve, consider buying a second set of textbooks to keep at home.

And most importantly, have your child see your family physician or chiropractor.

If you have questions or concerns about your health or your family’s health, feel free to contact Kathy Ford RN/Parish Nurse at 630‐922‐0081 ex.28 or