Parents reminded to avoid heavy backpacks when kids go back to school

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CHICAGO (TBEN)– Students will soon be going back to classrooms and doctors are reminding parents that overloaded backpacks can cause a lot of pain for children.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says a child’s backpack should weigh no more than 15% of their body weight.

For a 75-pound student, that means no more than 11 pounds.

Children should only have things they need in their backpack for the day. Heavy objects, such as textbooks, should be placed closer to the child’s body to equalize the weight.

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And a backpack with a padded back and wide straps helps best distribute the pressure.

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