Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- With the new school year come the daily homework assignments, which could mean lugging around a number of heavy books. But doctors warn the overstuffed backpacks could be putting a strain on your child’s neck and back.
Medical experts say students should carry only 10 to 15 percent of their body weight, but add most kids may carry double that amount.
So to help avoid the pain, they recommend your child use a backpack that has wide, padded shoulder straps. They also suggest tightening the straps so the bag is close to the body and wearing the backpack strap on both shoulders.