BACK-TO-SCHOOL backpack blues

September 2004
Mothering;Sep/Oct2004, Issue 126, p25
If your child is walking around like the Hunchback of Notre Dame, check the weight of his or her backpack. Kids as young as five feel the consequences of heavy backpacks — stiff necks, strained shoulders, and even restricted breathing. Here are some tips for keeping your child safe: Choose the right size — preferably a backpack with wide, adjustable shoulder pads and waist straps, which offer additional support. Never let your child wear a backpack over one shoulder.


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