A US paediatrician has taken to social media to shock some common sense into parents who are allowing their kids to ride bikes without a safety helmet.
Dr Free N Hess, the founder of website PediMom, shared on Facebook recently, “I see children in my Pediatric ER for head trauma after falling from a bike very often.”
“Some of these children are struck by cars but many sustain head injuries simply from losing control of their bikes while riding. Helmets in this situation can make the difference between a simple concussion and severe neurological injury and even death.
A recent poll conducted by The University of Michigan showed that 18% of parents admit their children don’t wear helmets. That’s 1 in 5.
This does not make sense to me.
Take a look at the helmet below. Imagine this blow being taken by a child’s head WITHOUT the protection of a helmet.
If you or a child is riding a bike, skateboard, ice skates, roller skates, hover boards, scooter, or anything else that has a risk of head trauma you need to have a helmet on. EVERY TIME.
Set a good example and make sure you always wear one too. Your kids need you just as much as you need them!”
In Australia when riding a bicycle you are required by law to wear an approved helmet securely fitted and fastened.
Research shows that helmets reduce head injuries by up to 74 per cent in crashes with motor vehicles.
A bicycle helmet that is not correctly fitted and fastened does not provide enough protection in a crash.
If you ever doubted the importance of wearing a bike helmet then hopefully this story makes you realise just how crucial they are!
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