Covenant Children’s has teamed up this summer with Kohl’s for the Lids for Kids bicycle
helmet giveaway. The event will take place on Saturday, July 15th from
10 a.m. - noon at Safety City, located at 4500 Avenue U in Lubbock, Texas.
However, according to Katie Brideweser, RN and certified pediatric
emergency nurse in
emergency department, helmets are
not just for bicycles, nor are they just for children. Wearing a helmet is
the easiest way to prevent head injuries, and it should be second nature
for any child getting on a bike, just like putting your seatbelt on in a car.
“We definitely see more of these types of injuries in the summer,
because kids are out playing more on their bicycles, scooters, rip sticks,
skate boards, roller blades – ALL of which should require helmets!”
Katie said. “The types of injuries we see can be anything from minor
lacerations, wounds – things like that – to severe head trauma.
The only thing standing between the child’s head and the pavement
(street, sidewalk, curb, etc.) or a vehicle is the helmet, so it’s
absolutely crucial they have it on for protection.”
Having the helmet fit properly also is imperative. Here’s are 3 tips
Katie suggests ensuring adequate fit:
- Measure the circumference of the child’s head in inches with a tape
measure before you go to purchase the helmet.
Have the child try on the helmet, according to the “rule of twos.”
- Two fingers above the eyebrow
- Two perfect V’s made by the straps going around the ears to below the chin
- No more than two fingers of space under the chin strap
- Have the child nod and shake their head “yes” and “no”
to make sure it is snug and does not move. This works well for younger
children who may not be able to tell you it’s loose.
“Although parents should look for functionality over looks, if the
helmet is ‘cool’ or ‘cute’ in aesthetics –
making it more likely that the child will wear it – by all means,
get the cool one, as long as it fits properly and is approved by the Consumer
Products Safety Commission,” Katie recommends.
“Unfortunately we see a lot of obstacles as to why kids don’t
have helmets, which is why the event with Kohl’s is so important.
Helmets are not terribly expensive, but if a parent needs to find one
at a resale store, just be sure it’s in good shape,” she said.
Here are 2 helpful hints she offers when checking the condition of a helmet:
- Look for any damage to the outside, the shell. Look for cracks or any abrasions
to the outside.
- Look on the inside as well. Make sure the chin straps are intact and that
the foam padding is not damaged or missing any pieces.
Lastly, Katie says all adults should be role models for kids: “Children
are going to follow your example, so whether that’s older children
or adults supervising the younger ones,
everyone riding should be wearing one, and it should be second nature, just like
getting into a car and buckling up, to put on a helmet when going out
to play on their bicycles, scooters and those related activities.”