It's back to school time in some parts of the country.
Kids everywhere are carrying backpacks to class.
But beware: Backpacks can cause your child back pain.
And according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, that condition is becoming more common.
The C-P-S-C says backpack injuries in children ages 5 to 18 increased more than 6 percent between 2010 and 2011.
A doctor at Children's Health Care of Atlanta says parents can take some steps to minimize risk.
He says backpacks should weigh less than 15 percent of the child's body weight.
And stay away from packs with narrow straps that can dig into muscles.
He also says if your kid's school allows it, you might want to buy a rolling book bag instead.
Back-to-school shopping brings many unknowns, but one thing parents can count on is that it's going to be costly.
It can be tough to pry an iPad out of a child's tiny hands, but there are many applications, or apps, that make tablets and smartphones a good companion and teacher, and not just an addictive electronic baby sitter.
Backpacks can cause your child back pain.
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