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A heavy backpack can cause health risks for children

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - Back-to-school is right around the corner and parents are starting to purchase school supplies for their children.

Now is the time to think about that backpack that will fill up quickly with supplies, paper, and books.

Something you might not know is, an overweight backpack can present health risks for your child.

The American Chiropractic Association recommends that your child’s backpack weigh no more than 10 percent of her or his weight.

Other recommendations go as high as 15 percent of their weight.

Overloaded backpacks can cause back and shoulder pain as well as poor posture in children.

If it's not corrected, many of those problems can become chronic and cause your children problems when they become adults.

Here are some tips that will help decrease the risk of your child hurting their back. 

- Encourage your child to pack light.

- Organize the backpack to use all of its compartments, to help distribute the weight.

- Pack heavier items closest to the center of the back.

- Go through the pack with your child weekly, and remove unneeded items to keep it light.

- Remind your child to always use both shoulder straps. Slinging a backpack over one shoulder can strain muscles.

For more information on how to lighten your child's load and protect their back, click here. 


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