A helmet is one of the most important safety systems for a child when traveling by bike, either as a passenger or as a cyclist. Discerning which helmet is best and how it should fit is no easy matter. We have come up with the following series of recommendations for how to choose the best helmet for your child.
On a number of occasions we have covered how young children should be traveling by two wheels and the importance of wearing a helmet, whether the child is traveling on intercity roads (especially important) or on urban roads, cannot be overstated. In a collision, or any kind of incident, a cyclist loses their balance and falls to the ground, and is likely to hit their head against the asphalt, a curb or even a car. Using a helmet does not guarantee you will not suffer from some injuries but it does significantly reduce the likelihood of suffering serious injuries...
We offer a series of recommendations to take into account in order to choose the most appropriate helmet and how to know if you're putting it on properly.
1. The helmet should be the right size and fit the child's head. You should not use a helmet that is too big or too small.
2. It should be an approved helmet. In the United States, the helmet must comply with the standards of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). In Europe they must be approved under CE-EN 1078.
3. When you are choosing the most suitable helmet, it is important to remember that bright colors mean greater visibility.
4. It should sit evenly on the head. It should not tilt too far forwards or backwards or to the side. It should not interfere with hearing or vision.
5. The helmet should not be positioned more than two fingers width above the eyes.. If the child is looking upwards, they should be able to see the inner edge of the helmet.
6. The straps must always be fastened, and should not be twisted or too tightly-fitting. They should fit just right.
7. The sides of the straps should form a V shape under the ears. They cannot cover them.
8. The child should open their mouth as wide as possible to check that the helmet fits snugly. The helmet should be pressing against the head. If it is still loose, you should tighten it a little bit.
9. Not all helmets are appropriate for all activities. The same helmet cannot be used for both a moped and a bicycle. It should be noted that children should always use a helmet for all sports activities on wheels...
10. Once you have had a fall or a hit on the head, it is advisable to change the helmet. The helmet may appear undamaged yet its ability to absorb an impact may have been compromised and it will no longer offer adequate protection.
11. Lastly, children tend to follow an adult's lead. If they see adults using helmets they too will want to wear them. Make it into a habit and do it automatically whenever you use a bicycle.