It’s that time of year again…Back To School Preparation! Between the long list that includes school supplies and clothes shopping, there are several important factors to remember for choosing the right backpack for your child. Various organizations such as The American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Academy of Orthopedics, Back Pack Safety Internationals, and American Chiropractic Association recommend that kids carry no more than 10-15% of their body weight in their backpacks.
- Other recommendations include:
- · Two shoulder straps to help with even weight distribution
- · Wide, padded shoulder straps for comfort
- · Backpack straps should be tightened and the bottom of the backpack worn 2 inches above the waist.
While your child will not hit skeletal maturity until their middle twenties, the highest rate of growth for girls is ages 10-12 and for boys is ages 13-15 making it more crucial that backpacks are properly fitted during these formative years to help prevent injury.
Make sure you stop by Howell Furniture this weekend for the back to school drive! You can also meet with Dr. Cobb of Cobb Family Chiropractic at the Howell Furniture in Beaumont on Saturday from 11-3pm. Dr. Cobb assists in the mattress department and discusses the importance of a mattress that is not only comfortable but also supports spinal alignment for kids and adults.