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Monday, November 16, 2015

Dr. Bergin in Austin Family Magazine: How Heavy is Your Child's Backpack?

How heavy is your child's backpack? If they are like most kids', it is too heavy.

Books, pens, notebooks... kids' backpacks are packed! These heavy bags rob kids' energy that would be better used doing homework or playing sports and can also lead to aches and pains, accidents and other injuries.

Dr. Barbara Bergin shared tips with Austin Family magazine on what parents can do to lighten the load. Here's a quick guide details exactly how much is too much.

If Your Child is…               Backpack Weight Should Not Exceed
40 lbs.                   4 to 6 lbs.
50 lbs.                   5 to 7½ lbs.
60 lbs.                   6 to 9 lbs.
70 lbs.                   7 to 10½ lbs.
80 lbs.                   8 to 12 lbs.
90 lbs.                   9 to 13 ½ lbs.
100 lbs.                 10  to 15 lbs.

Source: Austin Family magazine

Read the full article on the Austin Family website.

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