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B — bring it to school
A — assists you
C — convenient
K — keeps your stuff organized
P — plain or fancy
A — adjustable
C — can hold lots of books
K — know how to use one?
What does that spell? Backpack!
Backpacks make it easy to carry all of your school essentials. Balancing all those books, papers, notebooks, binders, and school supplies in your arms would be pretty tough without one. And all the little zippered pockets and compartments can help keep you organized.
But backpacks also can be a real pain. Here's why: They can cause injuries if kids trip over them or hit someone with one — accidentally or on purpose. They're heavy so you don't want one to fall on your head or your hand. And heavy backpacks also can strain your neck and back.
Because backpacks are a fact of kid life, let's talk about backpack safety.
Two Rules to Remember
Here are two big backpacking rules:
Be Kind to Your Back, Neck, and Shoulders
Sometimes, backpacks can give a kid a backache or cause pain in the neck or shoulders. To avoid this, follow these rules:
Talk to your mom or dad if you have problems putting your backpack on or taking it off. Also, let a parent know if you have any aches, pain, tingling, or numbness (no feeling) in your back or arms.
Tips for Buying a New Backpack
Having the right kind of backpack can reduce problems. So if it's time for you to get a new backpack, consider these tips:
Now you know how to carry your load of books safely. Happy backpacking!
Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD