Carolina (N.C.) Parent—August 1, 2013
The Consumer Product Safety Commission calculates that carrying a 12-pound backpack to and from school and lifting it 10 times a day for an entire school year puts a cumulative load of 21,600 pounds on a child's body. That's equivalent to six mid-sized cars. Prevent backpack injuries as your child heads back to school with tips from Dr. Shevaun Mackie Doyle, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, and the National Safety Council:
Limit the backpack to no more than 10 percent of your child's body weight.
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