- Parent Category: Safety
- Published: 20 August 2014
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TIPS FOR CHOOSING RIGHT BAG
TIP 1: CHOOSE BAGS WITH WIDE PADDED STRAPS.
- To avoid shoulder pains buy a backpack that has shoulder straps that are wide and padded.
- Thumb loops are a great addition.
TIP 2: PADDED BACK PANEL
- Choose a bag with a padded back panel, this will prevent sharp books from poking into kid’s back.
TIP 3: PICK A RIGHT SIZE
- Don't pick full-sized backpacks.
- The over-sized backpacks will allow more room for too many things, this makes backpack too heavy for a school-age kids
TIP 4: LIGHTWEIGHT BAG
- Choose a lightweight bag that doesn't add a lot of weight to your child's load.
- Avoid leather backpacks l, they weigh more than other fabric backpacks.
TIP 5: MULTIPLE COMPARTMENTS
- Pick a backpack with multiple compartments that can help distribute the weight more evenly.
TIPS FOR USING BACKPACK CORRECTLY
TIP 1: BACKPACK SHOULD NOT BE TOO HEAVY
- The backpack weight should be less than 10 percent of a child’s body weight.
- Heavier then this would increase risk of back pain.
- When backpack is heavy, a child will adapt a wrong posture and will bend forward to take the weight of back, and this will cause back pain.
TIP 2: PUT BOTH STRAPS ON SHOULDER
- Putting both straps on shoulder will equalize weight and will be balanced properly and prevents shoulder pain.
TIP 3: MAKE BACKPACK HEIGHT PROPER
- Ideally the bag should rest evenly in the middle of the back and not hang down to the hips. If so, adjust the shoulder straps for right height of the bag.
TIP 4: USE MULTIPLE COMPARTMENTS
- Teach your child to use and distribute the bags stuff using multiple compartments so that the weight is distributed evenly.
- The bigger and heavier contents should be at the bottom.
- Make sure things are balanced and symmetrical from left to right.
TIP 5: CARRYING AN EXTRA BAG/HANDBAG
- If the child's bag is too heavy, its better to carry water bottle, lunch, or some books separately in some handbag.
- Avoid future back pain and problems by having the right backpack and using it correctly.