Jackson Montgomery, 9, is getting ready to start fifth grade with a new backpack. His father, Jason Montgomery, was concerned about picking the right one.
“There’s no doubt, they’re carrying a decent amount of weight,” said Jason Montgomery, father.
This one is designed to carry more weight and evenly distribute it. The bag has more straps and compartments. About 5,400 kids are treated each year for backpack injuries, many of them have sprains and strains to the shoulder or lower back.
Pediatrician Preeti Parikh recommends that kids avoid messenger bags, use a bag with two wide, padded straps to distribute the load, and make sure the bag is not too heavy.
“Take the child’s weight and do 10% or even less if you can, but it’s usually hard as a good approximation,” said Dr. Preeti Parikh, pediatrician.
The American Academy of Pediatrics also suggests adjusting the backpack so that the bottom sits at the waist. and packing it properly.
“If you do have heavy items, try to center the backpack, pack it and in the lower backpack to sort of distribute the weight,” said Dr. Parikh.
Jackson says he loves his new backpack.
“It kind of helps me in school with those big books you carry back and forth,” said Jackson Montgomery, student.
And he’s using one that he and his dad feel good about. Kids who have to carry a lot of books might want to consider a backpack that rolls. But remember, they’ll still have to carry them up and down stairs.
Report courtesy of KOLR10 News and CBS News.