Choose A Backpack For School

gooie-kids-back-to-school-large-backpack-ladybird-357x357Selecting a backpack for your child to carry to school can be a more difficult task than you might expect. While it’s important to choose one that is both attractive and comfortable so that you child enjoys carrying their backpack to school, the most important consideration involves safety.

A poorly constructed backpack, or one that’s used improperly, can actually harm your child by causing strain to the lower back and abdominal muscles. Over time this can lead to tension and pain that could become a chronic condition and require medical attention.

Use these tips when selecting your child’s backpack to reduce the chance of strain or injury:

1. Select an actual backpack rather than a tote or shoulder bag to ensure that weight will be distributed evenly rather than to one side of the body.

2. When selecting a backpack, wide, padded straps are best. Narrow straps can dig into your child’s shoulders which can lead to pain, numbness and tingling in their arms and hands.

3. It’s also a good idea to select a backpack that has both a waist strap and a padded back. Both will help to distribute the weight across your child’s body more evenly, and the extra padding can help prevent sharp objects inside the pack from poking through and possibly injuring your child.

4. When helping your child pick out a backpack, take a close look at its construction. While you do want a durable backpack, you will also want one that is lightweight to help minimise the strain on your child. Selecting a backpack with multiple separate compartments that zip can also help to distribute weight in the pack more evenly and securely and reduce the strain of the load that your child carries.

Additional Considerations for Backpack Safety

There are some additional factors to take into consideration when choosing the best backpack for your child. For example, some manufacturers have begun to make backpacks with wheels available to the public, but some schools do not allow them to be used in their facilities.

Wheeled backpacks can also be difficult for smaller framed children to hoist up stairwells or other uneven surfaces such as gravel. They can also be difficult to use when it rains and extra water or mud begins to pool on surfaces.

Another thing to keep in mind is that no matter how well your child’s backpack has been constructed, if it is not being used properly your child could still strain their back.

Take steps to ensure that you child is aware that they should carry their backpack with both shoulders and frequently adjust the straps so that the pack fits snugly against their body.  If you notice that your child frequently leans forward when carrying the pack, they may need to lighten their load, so encourage them to only carry necessary items in the backpack.

Following these tips when selecting and using backpacks can help prevent your child from straining or injuring their back as well as help them feel more refreshed when they arrive at school so that they are ready to learn and get the most out of their day.