Your child's heavy school bag might give him back problems for life!

Your child's heavy school bag might give him back problems for life!

“Early slip disc, spondylitis, spondylolisthesis, persistent backaches, early degeneration of spine, and postural scoliosis are some of the problems that these children face."

If anything that is a burden on the children today, more than the studies and the numerous exams that they have to appear for, it has to be the heavy school bags that they carry on their shoulders every single day.
However, looks like the government is in no mood to lessen the burden on the young students of today as there has been no significant effort to make them lighter.
This is why the Bombay High Court has found a solution to get things moving in the right direction. A bench headed by justice VM Kanade said, "One possible way is to ask the very officers to carry their burden to their offices. They refuse to carry their bags."
The court responded to a Public Interest Litigation filed by activist Swati Patil. Swati's advocate Nitesh Nevshe said that only four out of 33 districts replied under Right to Information Act on whether the government resolution to implement a panel's recommendations should be followed.

The side effects of carrying a heavy school bag on kids

The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India conducted a survey recently that reveals 68 percent of school children in the age group of 7-13 years face the risk of backaches and even hunchbacks, all because of the heavy weight of their school bags.

 

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The eye-opening survey also states that around 88 percent of kids in 7-13 years carry more than 45 percent of their weight on their backs that could lead to severe spinal damage and irreversible back ailments.

“Early slip disc, spondylitis, spondylolisthesis, persistent backaches, early degeneration of spine, and postural scoliosis are some of the problems that these children face,” said BK Rao, chairman of Assocham’s health committee.

“Excessive and uneven loads are linked to an increased risk of back trouble and deformation of the spine. Stress from such excess weights may affect the growth of the musculoskeletal system especially if children carry the bag on one shoulder. If children start getting back pains at such a young age, then there is the possibility that they will have it life long, " Rao said.

How heavy should be your child's school bag

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights recommends the following measures in order to minimise the adverse effects of heavy school bags in kids:
  • The weight of school bags should not be more than 10 percent of the child's weight
  • Preschool kids should not be carrying any books to school
  • Schools should issue guidelines and tips for students to enlighten them about the safe way of carrying bags and books to school.
  • Teachers must notify the kids beforehand about the books that need to be carried on a given day
  • Action should be taken against any school that refuses to follow the guidelines

Also Read: Parents are sending their kids to school without school bags. Here's why you should too 

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