Watch kids’ backpack weight

Tue, Sep 5, 2017

School is back in session, which means students will be hauling around heavy backpacks.


Backpacks loaded with textbooks, binders, tablets, laptops, and personal items can lead to health issues, such as back pain, poor posture, strains, and sprains.


“Heavy backpacks can pull a child backward, cause shoulder strain, encourage poor posture, and contribute to tingling, numbness, and weakness in the arms and hands,” says Dr. Carl A. DiRaimondo, an orthopedic surgeon with Orthopedics & Sports Medicine BayCare Clinic in Manitowoc.


Ask a Doctor column: Watch kids’ backpack weight


Generally, a child shouldn’t carry more than 10 to 15 percent of his or her body weight in their backpack, says DiRaimondo, who is board certified in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

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