Children’s carrying heavy school bags is the most common scene that we see in our neighbourhoods. Experts are of the opinion that the backpack of a child should not weigh more than 15 percent of his/her weight. This means that if a boy weighs 45 kgs, his backpack should not weigh more than 6.8 kgs. Parents of children in their middle and high school complain about their child carrying heavy loads of books and notebooks to and from school. The thing to remember here is that backpack that weighs more or the bag that is not carried properly can lead to health problems in kids. It is possible to reduce the potential harm by packing and wearing backpacks properly. But, if the bags become heavy school bags, there are chances of serious injuries.
What does Heavy School Backpacks for Kids mean?
Even though some experts state that the weight should not be more than 15 percent of the weight of the kid, some studies suggest that it should not be more than 10% of the weight of the kid. Also, it is suggested that not just books and notes, but also the weight of water bottle, lunchbox, and other supplies jointly should not be more than 10%. But, the present trend is that they are carrying 20% of weight. Now, it becomes important to understand the health effects due to heavy school bags.
Immediate and Long-term Ill-Effects of Heavy Backpacks:
The immediate ill-effects of heavy school bags include shoulder, neck and back pain along with weakness, numbness and tingling sensation in the hands. In addition, it can also lead to early development of poor posture among kids.
When talking about long-term ill-effects, kids might face the following issues:
- Strain on the neck and shoulders that lead to headaches
- Damage to the spine that can lead to problems like spine bending forward and hunched back
- Spine-bending sideways.
- Reduced capacity to breath due to the pressure on the lungs created by bending of the spine.
- Muscles spasms and back pain when they become young adults
- Each bone in the human body has a growth centre or point and the growth of bones generally take place from this place as per the age of the individual. When heavy school bags are carried continuously, there are chances of damage to their growth centres. This, in turn, can lead to an abnormal or stunted growth of bones in kids.
Some Useful Tips:
- When it comes to the solution for the heavy backpack, schools authorities are recommended to make it mandatory for kids to carry light bags.
- Also, the children should be provided with lockers at their classroom to place the books, notebooks and other things they will use only in the classroom.
- Also, school authorities can permit kids to carry a single note that is divided into different sections for different subjects as compared to carrying different notes for each subject.
- Also, parents are recommended to pay attention to buying bags with wide and padded shoulder straps in such a way that the pressure on the neck can be reduced.
- Also, it is better to opt for a bag with adjustable straps, such that it can be adjusted as per the growth of the kid.