Backpack safety for the new school year

(ALBANY, Ga)- With school back in session, many students are going to be carrying plenty of books, but that can cause some problems.

The National Safety Council says there are a couple of things to keep in mind to make sure your kid isn’t carrying more than 30 pounds worth of books on their back.

These include making sure that your child has both straps on their shoulders, making sure there is enough padding on the straps and back, and to only carry at most 10 percent of the child’s weight.

We spoke with Dr Bradford Cotten of Southern Spine and Health about some of the problems long term use can cause.

“Well, you can start to develop neck pain, shoulder pain, upper back, low back pain due to stress and weight from the book bags. And from the straps causing that stress on the shoulders,” says Dr. Cotten.

Dr Cotten tells us, that the ideal place the backpack should fall to is at the waistline of a child.