A heavy load, unevenly distributed, day after day, can stress a still-growing spine. Consider these safety suggestions:
1. Make sure the backpack is sturdy and appropriately sized.
2. Select backpacks with waist straps.
3. The maximum weight of loaded backpacks should not exceed 15% of the child’s body weight.
4. Use both shoulder straps. Carrying the backpack on one shoulder may look “cool” but can lead to spinal imbalance.