“Yes, you must wear your helmet!” How many times have you had to tell your child that as she hops on her bike?
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Allison Brindle, MD, of Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, says keep it up. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 51,000 people were injured in 2010 because of failure to wear a helmet while riding a bike. Dr. Brindle has these bike helmet tips to share:
- The helmet should sit low on the forehead, resting just above the eyebrows. Once on your child’s head, make sure the protective inside pads are touching the front, back, sides and top of your child’s head.
- You don’t want the helmet to be too loose or too snug, so once the helmet is in place on your child’s head and the straps are fastened snuggly under her chin, move the helmet around to ensure it isn’t sliding. Try to slip a finger between your child’s head and the helmet to make sure it’s not too tight.
- When securing the strap below the chin, the side straps should meet just below the ear. Test your child to see if vision or hearing is impaired.
- Make sure the helmet is certified. On the inside of the helmet, look for CSA, ASTM, CPSC or SNELL labels.
- It’s not always easy to persuade your child to wear a helmet, but when parents model proper safety, it goes a long way in encouraging children to do the same. Remember to wear a helmet while biking, roller skating or skateboarding.