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Could your child's backpack be too heavy?

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Experts from the Mayo Clinic say that backpacks should weigh no more than 15% of a child's body weight. Experts from the Mayo Clinic say that backpacks should weigh no more than 15% of a child's body weight.
Dr. Hageman says that parents should talk to their kids to try and figure out what they absolutely must carry and what can stay at school. Dr. Hageman says that parents should talk to their kids to try and figure out what they absolutely must carry and what can stay at school.

It's back to school time and with that comes homework, but fitting that huge haul into a backpack can make it too heavy for young students.

Experts from the Mayo Clinic say that backpacks should weigh no more than 15% of a child's body weight. So if the child starts complaining of aches and pains, that's a sign that the bag may be too heavy. 

"They can have shoulder pain, neck pain, back pain, especially when these backpacks get way too heavy from all of the stuff that they are carting around. Especially with younger kids, we forget that they are smaller and can’t tolerate the bigger packs as the 18-year-old that is going off to high school. It’s important to use the smaller backpack with them and that is weight appropriate," said Dr. Jason Hageman, Physician at Mercy Health -St. Rita's

Dr. Hageman says that parents should talk to their kids to try and figure out what they absolutely must carry and what can stay at school.

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