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At What Point is a Child’s Backpack Too Heavy

Orthopaedic surgeons share safety tips as kids head back to school


As kids return to school this August, don’t wait for them to complain about back pain. Instead pay attention to their posture and keep an attentive eye on all of the items that are loaded into their backpack each day.

Experts recommend that kids carry no more than 10 to 15 percent of their body weight, but that doesn’t always seem to be the case. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) more than 13,700 kids, ages 5-18 years old, were treated in hospitals and doctors’ offices for injuries related to backpacks.

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