Many parents are concerned about the well-being of their children at school and they understand the problems that their kids face when carrying their books, lunch, and other belongings back and forth to school each day. This brings up the question about which mode of carrying is the best for their backs?
A recent study in Germany showed that the backpack is more safe for children when compared to a rolling bag (similar to carry-on luggage with wheels), as long as the weight was appropriate. The study showed that both option can cause back problems, but the rolling luggage caused additional stress that the backpack did not. Specifically, the rolling luggage caused spinal rotation.
Gym bags are another know source of back problems, because you have to balance the weight on one side, causing added pressure or strain to your spine. Picking up an overloaded gym bags can also cause pulled muscles and can cause your child to physically do harm to their back. Gym bags are probably the least desirable method of carrying because the carrying position and the extra weight that can be added to these bags.
Backpacks are a good solution, but the weight of the backpack needs to be monitored. The backpack should never weigh more than 15% of your child’s body weight and it should be adjusted so it does not hand below their waist. While your children are growing, the muscular and skeletal systems can be affected by these simple things and can cause long term problems, so always monitor your children closely and make sure they understand how to use their bags correctly.