Thursday, August 05, 2010

Ouch--these kids will be deformed

Backpacks! I remember grabbing my daughter’s off the floor and almost dislocating my shoulder. It felt like it was nailed there.

Turns out the school did not have lockers—all the books had to come home each night. This was in DC—a subway ride.

Neel Anand, MD, a board-certified spine surgeon in LA, says these little beauties can result in backache or neck or shoulder pain.

Make sure kids use both straps (nothing cool about being all crinky).

Make sure the thing does not slump down below the hips.

Make sure the child can and does stand up straight. If he or she is hunched, it’s too heavy.

Keep the weight to 10-15% of the child’s weight.

Try a backpack with wheels.

Wheels. What are they, 75? OK, so that’s Dork City…but these things get ridiculous!

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