Doctors Stress Backpack Safety

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Kids these days seem to carry everything around in their backpacks and toting around too many text books can cause some serious health problems.

Overloading backpacks or carrying them on one shoulder can strain the back, neck, and shoulders. It’s recommended that students shouldn’t carry a bag weighing more than 10% of their body weight. It should also fit snugly on your child’s back and never hang loose. Doctors say carrying a backpack the wrong way could impact our kids' grades in school.

"It can actually sometimes irritate some of the nerves that go through the shoulder and cause some numb tingling. Usually it doesn't cause nerve damage but it's more of a chronic discomfort for kids and it can affect their comfort in school if they're in pain," said Spine Specialist, Dr. Marie Walker.

We're told its a good idea for parents to check what's inside the backpack and even to weigh it on a scale.

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