Study: Kids carrying heavy backpacks can cause back problems

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2015 file photo, students hold hands as they walk with their new book bags in Miami. They received the free bags as part of an annual back to school event also offering free health screenings, and free food distribution. With new backpacks, pens and pencils and clothes, millions of children are heading back to school after summer vacation. Many are excited, some anxious, and millions are still waiting for the results of the new tests they took last spring aligned to the Common Core academic standards. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

(WISH) – Another study for kids shows heavy backpacks could be causing problems.

Doctors said kids should not carry more than 10 percent of their body weight.

One parent said his kids bags tend to weigh anywhere from 10 to 30 pounds. That’s closer to 50 percent of the child’s weight.

“It puts a tremendous amount of stress, postural stress, gravitational stress on the neck, upper back, shoulders, muscles, joints, so it’s a pretty common problem,” Chiropractor, Dr. Dan Davidson said.

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Davidson also said long term, the strain can cause posture problems for kids. They also said constantly staring down at electronic devices is causing a trend of back problems.

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