Doctors: Kids Shouldn't Carry More than 15 Pct of Bodyweight in Backpacks
Many parents worry about how much stuff their kids pack into their backpacks – and so do pediatricians.
Doctors suggest kids not carry more than 10-15 percent of their body weight.
"You can physically put the backpack on the scale and figure out if it's more than 10-15 percent of the kid's body weight,” says Dr. Ellen Rome of Cleveland Clinic. “If it is, figure out if you need to have books at home and books at school. How can you minimize what the kid is lugging around every day."
Kids should also let you know if they’re experiencing back pain, tingling, or numbness.