BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Getting "back-to-school" ready is a big task - from the school supplies, to the text books, to of course the backpacks.
But experts are sending a warning out to parents, heavy backpacks could lead to serious consequences for growing kids.
A study shows 14,000 kids are treated for backpack related injuries every year. From neck pain to back pain, experts say the constant weight-barring pressure on their spine could pose some long-term effects.
So, how can you protect your child and ease their backpack burden?
Experts suggest a few tips to share with your kids: avoid droopy backpacks, wear backpacks on both shoulders, try roller backpacks as an alternative, find time to interchange books when possible and consider E-Books as a digital alternative.
As for symptoms, if your child complains about recurring neck or spinal pain or you notice a significant change in their posture, be sure to contact their doctor immediately.