Is Your Child Wearing the Right Helmet?
● By Digital Media Director
Being a kid involves an occasional stumble and fall. Being a parent involves protecting your child the best you can. There are various things you can do to prevent your child from experiencing injuries that can lead to disabilities and even death. One of those is simply having your child wear a helmet when riding a bike or tricycle, or using a scooter or skateboard.
Did you know?
Bike helmets reduce head injuries by 85 percent and brain injuries by 88 percent.
More children ages 5 to 14 are seen in emergency rooms for injuries related to biking than any other sport.
Use it right
Just like a car seat, a helmet doesn’t do much good if it isn’t used correctly. Here are some general safety tips regarding the use of a helmet.
Make sure your child has the right size helmet.
Make sure your child wears it every time he or she is riding his or her bike or tricycle or using a scooter or skateboard.
Replace the helmet as your child outgrows it.
The helmet should be replaced every five years or sooner.
If the helmet has been involved in an impact while in use, it needs to be replaced.
Putting on a bike helmet is as easy as “eyes, ears and mouth.”
Eyes: Put the helmet on your head. Look up. You should see the bottom rim of the helmet.
Ears: Make sure the straps form a ‘V’ under your ears when buckled. The straps should be a little tight but comfortable.
Mouth: Open your mouth as wide as you can. Does the helmet hug your head? If not, tighten the straps.
When it is time to purchase a new helmet, let your child pick it out. Your child will be more likely to wear it each time if it’s something he or she chose. Don’t forget your helmet; you are your child’s first teacher, so be sure to role model safe behavior.
For more information and helmet demonstrations, stop by the Sanford Children’s Safety Center at 1115 W. 41st St., Sioux Falls or call (605) 333-0663.
Information provided from the Safe Kids coalition.