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)

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Parents are being warned after a new study shows that heavy backpacks could be causing problems for kids.

Kids shouldn’t carry more than 10 percent of their body weight, doctors say.

Heavy backpacks could lead to back and neck pain.

The long-term strain of a heavy backpack can also cause posture problems for kids.

Doctors also say that you should make sure your child’s backpack is balanced and has good “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.

CNN contributed to this report

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