Backpack Safety

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

  • Choose a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back.  
  • Pack light. Organize the backpack to use all of its compartments. 
  • Pack heavier items closest to the center of the back. The backpack should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of your child’s body weight. 
  • Go through the pack with your child weekly, and remove unneeded items to keep it light. 
  • Always use both shoulder straps. Slinging a backpack over one shoulder can strain muscles.  
  • Adjust the pack so that the bottom sits at the waist. 
  • If your school allows, consider a rolling backpack. This type of backpack may be a good choice for students who must tote a heavy load. Remember that rolling backpacks still must be carried upstairs, they may be difficult to roll in snow, and they may not fit in some lockers.

By Dr. Jessy Mouhayar

Specialist Pediatrics and Neonatology