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Backpacks can be an everyday health hazard for kids

Aug. 12, 2017—When you lift your kid's school backpack, does it sometimes feel like it weighs more than your child? Or maybe you've watched with concern while your child struggles to lift a loaded backpack and put it on, leaning forward while wearing it. Perhaps your child even complains about numbness or tingling from carrying such a heavy load.

You're not wrong to worry. Backpacks can cause harm to young shoulders and backs, giving children pain and poor posture. However, as a parent, you can be a big part of the solution. Start by learning the backpack basics.

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