1. Choose a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back.
2. Pack light. Organize the backpack to use all of its compartments. Pack heavier items closest to the center of the back. The backpack should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of your child's body weight. Go through the pack with your child weekly, and remove unneeded items to keep it light.
4. Adjust the pack so that the bottom sits at the waist.
The American Chiropractic Association recommends a backpack weigh no more than 10 percent of weight. When selecting a backpack, look for-
5. An ergonomic design.
6. The correct size: never wider or longer than your child's torso and never hanging more than 4 inches below the waist.
7.Padded back and shoulder straps.
8. Hip and chest belts to help transfer some of the weight to the hips and torso.
9. Multiple compartments to better distribute the weight.
10. Compression straps on the sides or bottom to stabilize the contents.
Reflective material in strategic locations is also highly recommended for backpacks.
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