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Relax, parents – school backpacks won’t damage your child’s spine

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The backpacks that children carry to school are becoming lighter and more ergonomic, and yet many parents will have also noticed that they also cost more too. A child’s first school backpack can easily cost several hundred dollars, as parents try to get a product that won’t harm their youngster’s back – and give them the best start they can. But Robert Roedl, a paediatric orthopaedist based in Germany, is worried by the fact that backpacks are becoming more expensive as they get more ergonomic. He says the rising costs are just money-making schemes more than anything else. A short walk to scho…

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