There are plenty of kid’s backpacks that are currently on the market. Some of these backpacks are made better than others. With the amount of school work, and books that kids have to bring home nowadays, picking the right bag is very important. The first thing that a parent needs to be aware of is whether, or not their child’s backpack is causing any back pain.
They complain of back pain
Of course the first complaint is that your child is experiencing some back pain. In most cases parents tend to brush off these complaints as minor, and no big deal. Some parents even brush the pain off as growing pains. If however your child constantly complains about this pain, you may want to consider the fact that it could be their backpack causing the pain. Take note of how often they complain, and when the complain.
They have arm and shoulder pain
The next sign would be if they have arm and shoulder pain. The pain does not only stick to their back. Sometimes it could be in the shoulder or in their arm. This usually happens when children are walking home from school and have to carry their heavy book bags. If you are really concerned about their arm and shoulder pain you can take them to the doctor just to be sure that the backpack is causing the pain.
Change in posture
A heavy backpack often causes such severe back pain, that they suddenly begin to experience change in posture. They may suddenly start to slump over, or they may be even more hunched over. If you start to notice a change in your child’s posture, you may want to consider getting them a different book bag or perhaps come up with various ways to lighten their load.
They feel overwhelmed
What you may not know is that a child carrying around a heavy backpack can make them feel very overwhelmed. You would be surprised at the amount of stress carrying around a large backpack can cause. This may not seem likely, but it can actually affect their mood.
No longer want to use backpack
If you find that your child does not want to use their backpack anymore, it could be due to the fact that it is too heavy. This is especially the case when it comes to young children. Young children can very easily start to hate backpacks if they feel loaded down.
The solution to these problems, are very easy. If you find that teachers are sending home a lot of work with your children, see if it would be possible to leave some of their books home, or perhaps some of their notebooks. A lot of kids carry around stuff in their backpack that they do not actually need. Taking the time to check your kids backpack to see exactly what they are carrying around. These are just a few ways that you may be able to tell your children are carrying a load that is too heavy for them.