Both of my boys are in secondary school and as there isn’t one in Adare, they take the bus into the city. Every morning they hoist their school bags up onto their backs and haul it, along with their sports gear to school. It reminds me of pack mules struggling with a swaying load of bricks on their backs. Carrying heavy bags can wreak havoc so here are 7 safety tips to prevent backpack pain in your child, as suggested by the AAOS and Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America (POSNA)
Good advice. Of course, the best option would be less books but until a sustainable alternative to textbooks is found (personally I would ban workbooks immediately), prevention of backache is paramount. If you think your child’s school bag is causing pain, go to a medical practitioner – your GP, physio, chiropractor or osteopath. Ask them to write a letter for you and bring it to your school. Arrange to meet with the class teacher and principal to discuss the serious health issue affecting your child. Raise this Health & Safety issue with your parents council or association and keep championing the cause – it may take time but if you don’t start nothing will change.