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Bicycle Helmet Use

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

Why should my child wear a bicycle helmet?

Bicycle accidents can cause injuries to the face, brain, and skull. The best way to protect your child from an injury is for him to wear a bicycle helmet. If he does get injured, a helmet may decrease his risk for permanent or life-threatening injury. Many states have laws that require bicycle helmet use. Do not allow your child to use a different kind of helmet, such as a sports helmet. He should only wear a bicycle helmet when he rides his bicycle.

When should my child wear a bicycle helmet?

Make sure your child always wears a helmet, even when he goes on short bicycle rides. Your child should start to wear a helmet when he learns how to ride a bicycle. He should also wear a helmet if he rides in a passenger seat on an adult bicycle.

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Further information

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You have the right to help plan your child's care. To help with this plan, you must learn about bicycle helmets. You can then discuss choices with your child's healthcare provider. Work with him to decide what choices are best for your child.The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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