While back pain is well-reported among adults, less is known about the long-term pain children suffer from heavy bags. In fact, when the National Institutes of Health first looked into it in 2006, they were shocked to discover that 37% of children age 11-14 reported some amount of back pain as a result of carrying a heavy bag.
So what can you do about it?
For starters, pack your backpack or bag every night. Oftentimes we throw more than we need in our bags as we rush out the door in the morning. By carefully thinking about the day ahead, you can plan for each item.
If you have children, it's especially important that you condense and simplify. That means only having one notebook in their bag, as opposed to one notebook for each school subject. If possible, buy two of inexpensive tech like calculators and leave one at school and one at home. Remember, lunch gets heavy too, so do small things like having your child buy their beverages at school instead of throwing it in their backpack. Not only will this prevent spilling, but it will also lighten their bag dramatically.
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