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Adverse illness with heavy school bag

Children to head back to school, but carrying heavy bags on their delicate shoulders is very dreadful thing for them. Due to stress of carrying heavy bags Children lose interest in coming to school and also their mind is burdened with the weight of the books.

Dr Zinal says ‘Carrying very heavy backpacks can lead to musculoskeletal problems, especially if children carry the bag on one shoulder. It puts extra pressure on one side, tilting the spine,’ and she also says that ‘keeping the bag down and then carrying it again is more dangerous for a growing spine than continuously walking with static weight.’

Short term and long term effects of carrying heavy school bags

Short term effects : Carrying a heavy bag can cause neck, shoulder and back pain, those are the short-term effects. This short term effects may also show pain along with tingling, numbness and weakness in the hands.

Long term effects :

  • It can cause scoliosis —Scoliosis is a medical condition in which a person’s spine has a sideways curve. The curve is usually “S”- or “C”-shaped. In some the degree of curve is stable, while in others it increases over time. Mild scoliosis does not typically cause problems, while severe cases can interfere with breathing.
  • Every bone has a growth centre or points from which growth of the bone takes place as per the age. Carrying excess weight could damage these growth centres leading to stunted or abnormal growth of the bones of the child.

Useful suggestions and measures

  • The maximum weight a child should carry is 10% of their body weight including all things like their water bottle, lunchbox, etc.
  • Check your child’s posture after he has put the bag on. If you notice your child leaning forward or slouching, check if the bag is too heavy or if it has been packed incorrectly
  • Buy a sturdy, well-designed bag with wide, padded shoulder straps that reduces pressure on the neck and shoulder area.

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