Backpacks are essential part of a student’s life. It is a convenient way to carry school supplies and books. However, experts say that children should carry no more than 10% to 15% of their body weight in their bag. Still, many kids carry more than what is advised.
Heavy bags, when placed the wrong way can cause bent hips or permanently arched backs. It can result the spine to bend unnaturally which may lead to shoulder, neck, or back pain.
Netizen, Zahir Ali shared what happened to his nephew after carrying a heavy loaded backpack for some time. The boy’s shoulder was slouched when walking and he would often complain about back pain. Upon having the boy check by a doctor, it was revealed that he needed to go through a major surgery.
Zahir recommended that parents not to let their children carry heavy bags when going to school to avoid the same problem that his nephew had. He said on his Facebook post, “I plead with you don't allow your child to lift a heavy school bag on his/her back.”
It was a good thing that Zahir’s nephew did not cause further damage on his spinal column. Had things gone worse, his case would have led to serious disabilities.
The post had gotten a lot of response. It was suggested that they purchase trolley bags instead of backpacks for their children. Others also think that schools should take concern in the issue and consider giving kids lockers where they can keep their stuff so they do not have to carry their books every day.
Most of the time kids have no choice but to carry all the stuff they need for school and usually it is too heavy for them. Backpacks are meant for keeping large amount of stuff, but a child’s back is not intended for it. They have more fragile bones compared to an adult.
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