Head Injuries are the most common cause of death, disability and serious injury in child bicyclists involved in accidents. Studies show that helmets can reduce the chances of head injury by 85 percent. MA state law requires children younger than thirteen to wear a helmet. The following information will help you make sure your child's helmet provides adequate protection:
- A helmet should fit comfortably all around your head.
- For a snug and secure fit, use additional pads.
- Make sure that the chin strap forms a "V" around the ear and fits snugly and comfortably under the chin.
- The helmet should not shift or wobble on the head.
- A helmet is meant to be worn low on the forehead, "one finger-width" above the eyebrows.
- A helmet carrying a ASTM or CSPC sticker complies with stringent standards set for bicycle helmets.
Consistent use of sunscreen in childhood could help prevent 80 percent of all skin cancers. An SPF of 15 or more should be applied in a thick, even layer to all exposed skin 15-20 minutes before going out in the sun. Reapply every 2 hours or after swimming or sweating. Even water resistant sunscreens should be reapplied often.