Experts: Parents keep an eye on how much kids backpacks weigh

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - With students going back to school, experts are saying parents should keep an eye on how much their kids are lugging around in their backpacks.

They recommend backpacks weigh no more than about 10 to 15 percent of the student's body weight.
The recommendation is just for the health of their backs, but also so children don't fall or bump into another student.

Some doctors recommend the use of an abdominal strap.

"That will also help redistribute the load evenly across a child's back without having the effect of 10 pounds pulling back on their shoulders," Dr. David Marshall, of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta said.

If that's not feasible, another option is to purchase your student a rolling backpack

Print this article Back to Top