Talking to the Right People
Encourage your child to talk to you about any back pain they might be feeling. If your child expresses any discomfort as a result of carrying a backpack:
- Talk to the school. Express your concerns to teachers and school leaders about the weight that kids must carry. Make sure that the school does not require kids to carry their books around all day.
- Make contact with other parents. If necessary, form a coalition with other parents in your school district to negotiate with the school about its book-carrying requirements.
- Contact your pediatrician. Back pain should not be taken lightly. Tell your pediatrician about any discomfort that your child is suffering.
Sources: American Academy of Pediatrics; American Chiropractic Association
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