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Backpacks & Screen Time: A Parent's Guide to Healthy Habits

children on backpackOur kids’ spines are under more strain than ever before – from heavy backpacks to excessive device use. At Tamar Chiropractic, our paediatric chiropractic approach focuses on proactive care to prevent issues before they develop. Here are some helpful tips from Dr Michelle (Chiropractor), who is also a mum:

Banish Back Pain With Proper Backpack Use

An overloaded or improperly worn backpack can wreak havoc on your child’s growing spine and posture. Follow these guidelines:

  • Pack it light – look for backpacks under 10% of your child’s body weight when full.
  • Arrange contents wisely – Place heavier items closest to the back and lighter items towards the front.
  • Adjust those straps – Tighten so the pack sits snug against your child’s back, with the bottom resting at their waist. Use both straps every time to distribute weight evenly.

Moderation Is Key for Safe Screen Time

While devices are part of modern childhood, it’s crucial to encourage balance and avoid excessive, static postures. We recommend:

  • No screen time for bubs under 2 years old.
  • Less than 60 minutes per day for ages 2-5. Build in activity breaks!
  • 2-hour maximum per day for ages 6-12 not including school work, again with regular movement breaks.
  • Set firm tech-free times during meals, reading, outdoor play, etc.
  • Use posture-promoting furniture and view screens at eye level.

Lead by Example

As parents, we have a powerful opportunity to model healthy tech habits from an early age. Simple steps like staying active, taking screen breaks together and maintaining good posture can instill lifelong wellness habits.

Schedule an Appointment for Your Child Today

At Tamar Chiropractic, we’re committed to empowering families through every stage of childhood development. Let’s work together to reduce the damaging effects of our modern lifestyles. Book your child’s next chiropractic assessment by contacting us today.

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