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Notes from Nadene , our Nurse!

1,2,3’s of Basic Backpack Wearing

Pack It…
   Utilize different compartments and pockets to distribute weight.
   Heavier items closer to the back center of the backpack.
   Lighter items in the front of the backpack.
Lighten the load so it is no more than 10% of your child’s weight; heavy backpacks can cause falls and spinal damage.

Put It On…
   Teach your child to pick up the backpack by bending and lifting with the knees instead of the waist/back to prevent back injury.

Adjust & Carry…    
   Always use both shoulder straps to prevent injury.    
   Adjust the sternum strap.    
   Secure the hip belt.      
   The backpack should rest snugly against the back.        

Watch for warning signs that the backpack is too heavy:              
   Difficulty when putting on or taking off the backpack.
   Pain when wearing the backpack    
   Tingling or numbness in the arms or legs.
   Red strap marks over the anterior part of the shoulders    
   Any change in side to side posture while wearing the back pack

Source:  The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.

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