Until our preteens reach the age where they can get behind the wheel, a bike, scooter or skateboard is typically how they will get around. But parents and caregivers, did you know that head trauma is the most common injury experienced by our preteens when they are out and about on their bikes, scooters or skateboards?
The easiest solution? Helmets.
The most socially awkward aspect? Helmets.
Our kids know to wear a seatbelt when they get into a car. We now need them to automatically wear a helmet whenever they get on their other modes of transportation. It can prevent serious head injury –so it seems like a no brainer!
John Hopkins Medicine has some great tips on Helmet Safety
Helmets should be approved by an organization like the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Make sure it fits comfortably and snugly and does not rock from side to side on your child’s head.
Helmets should have a chin strap and buckle to keep it in place.
Helmet should have a hard outer shell and an absorbing liner at least one-half inch thick.