Spring has sprung in Vancouver. Parents are pulling scooters, skateboards, bikes and other outdoor equipment out of the garage.
As the weather warms, children spend more time outside participating in the physical activities they love. Almost all toddlers will bump their heads while playing in the sun. Most of these injuries are minor.
Toddlers hurt themselves more than adults because they can’t control their heads as well according to HealthLink BC. Additionally, a toddler’s head is larger in relation to the rest of their bodies.
- Toddlers should wear helmets during all outdoor physical activity. Whether they are pushing a scooter or riding a bicycle, children need to keep their helmets on at all times. Outdoor activities include skateboarding, tricycle riding and scooter riding.
- Helmets must be properly worn to avoid head injury. After you put your child’s helmet on, check for a snug fit and secure chinstraps.
- Remember, different activities may require different helmets. This chart suggests which type of helmet is best for various activities.
Toddlers think they can do everything their family does. Picking age appropriate activities is another head injury prevention method.
For more information:
- Choosing the Right Helmet for Your Toddler, Child Safety Link
- Head Injury, Age 3 and Younger, HealthLink BC
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