Parents warned of the dangers of buying the wrong schoolbag
Published 14/08/2015 | 02:30
Buying a lightweight backpack with adjustable padded shoulder straps is the key to your children avoiding a sore back on their return to school.
Experts also say the size of the bag should be one of the foremost considerations when getting school-ready this summer.
"A bag that is too big for the child, or that has not been adjusted to fit correctly will hit against the child's bottom as he or she walks," the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists has warned.
"The bag will move out of step with the child's normal gait pattern, this can result in a feeling of discomfort and greater feeling of effort." Parents should also look out for a padded back and a waist strap if possible which distributes weight. A padded bag protects the back.
Children are also being advised to put the heaviest items close to their backs as this means less strain on the spine and to only carry what they need. They should also use both straps to prevent "shoulder shrug".
"Children should think ahead and only carry books and other items they require. If there is a locker available in school, they should make good use of it," the society added.
While travelling and waiting for a bus, school bags should be placed on the floor to prevent further strain.