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Choose a Proper Backpack for Your Child

Choose a Proper Backpack for Your Child

Choosing the right backpack for your child might not be high on your list but the last thing you want for your child is the one that will cause them pain. It is very common children say their back pack feels heavy and is hard to carry around, this is one of the reasons why it is so important to choose the right backpack for your child, not only should you buy a backpack that is the correct size but you should also adjust the straps and pack it so the weight will be evenly distributed.


How to Find the Best Backpack

Choose the proper size

The width of a backpack should be proportionate to the person’s width. For example, a small child should use a smaller backpack and should not opt for an adult- sized backpack. The backpack’s height should extend from slight below the shoulder blades to waist level, or just slightly above the waist.

Get broad padded straps

Look for broad padded straps for the shoulder to offer more comfort and protect the shoulders from excessive pressure. It is important that both straps are set up at the same length in order to distribute the weight of the backpack evenly. Using just one strap adds extra strain to that one shoulder.


Look for pockets and compartments

Choosing a backpack with pockets and slots is crucial as it evenly distributes the weight. Heavier items should be placed closer to the children’s back, within the pack. Lighter items should be placed further from the body.

Moulded frame and lumbar support

Look for a school bag that has a moulded frame with lumbar support straps, these help to keep the bag sitting comfortably and close to the back with weight distributed throughout the hips and waist not just the shoulders.


Fitting the Backpack

Now it's time to fit it. Most packs have adjustable hip sections and torso lengths; read your pack's manual on how to adjust it properly. Here are some steps to follow:

  • Step 1: Load the backpack so that the largest items are closest to the child’s back so that the weight will be evenly balanced. Many backpacks have smaller compartments and pockets for loose items. If your school backpack does not have any pockets, put the smaller, loose items in last, away from the child’s back.
  • Step 2: Place the backpack as high on the child’s back as possible. The entire loaded backpack should rest between the shoulders and the waist, held in place by the waist strap. Encourage your child to keep the waist strap buckled whenever she wears the backpack. This will also help her remember to use both shoulder straps.
  • Step 3: Adjust the shoulder straps so that they fit close without being too tight. Insert a finger between the shoulder strap and the child’s shoulder. If you cannot fit your finger in easily, the shoulder strap is too tight.

One last note…

Make sure to train your child to bend their knees when picking up the school backpack and then to use the leg muscles to help lift it up.


At Lakeside Chiropractic, our chiropractors thoroughly assess the likely cause of your spinal pain, and if attributed to poor posture or poor backpack fitting, we can recommend a posture brace, give advice about exercises and stretches which may assist and provide treatment to help you improve and maintain optimal spine health. For further enquiries or to book an appointment you can visit our website online at or give us a call on 9300 0095.

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December 05, 2022