13 July 2018

Helmet Safety: Protecting Children from Head Injuries

It may seem like common sense to many, but wearing a helmet is crucial when preventing head injuries in children. Whether its roller skating, bike riding, or skateboarding; it is important to make sure your child is wearing their helmet. Concussions are a cause for concern, especially regarding children. Preventative safety as well as knowing what signs to watch out for are going to help you best protect your child.

Helmet Safety

When selecting a helmet for your child be sure your child tries the helmet on in the store before purchasing one. You will want to purchase a helmet that is not too loose or tight, but rather one that fits snug when fastened. Discuss with your child the importance of wearing their helmet during outside activities such as bike riding and skateboarding. If your child's current helmet is at least 5 years old, it is time to replace it. Even if your child has had no accidents with their current helmet they wear out over time from weathering and UV light.

Concussion Symptoms

If your child may have suffered a possible concussion you will need to know what signs to look for. A temporary loss of consciousness, confusion, headache, feeling of head pressure, nausea, vomiting, and amnesia are just some of the signs that could indicate a possible concussion. Other symptoms in children to watch out for is the inability to be consoled, as well as a lack of eating and drinking. If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms you will need to seek immediate medical attention to diagnose or rule out a concussion.

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