Ask the Doctor: Is carrying a heavy backpack harmful to students?

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)

(WTNH) – Lots of children are heading back to school this week, which means lots of books, homework and a heavy backpack. Some parents worry that strain on a kid’s back could cause pain or damage.

Double board certified in reconstructive and plastic surgery, Dr. Beth Collins, joined News 8 to talk about the subject.

Some of the questions we asked:

-Is it dangerous for kids to be carrying around this excess weight all day long?

-Why are kids having pain?

-What should I do as a parent?

Watch the video above for Dr. Beth’s answers.

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