Each day in emergency rooms nationwide, more than 700 kids are treated for injuries received while riding bikes, skateboards and scooters. Many of these injuries are life-threatening and disabling. Wearing helmets and other protective gear, and following the rules of the road, can help prevent injuries.

I recommend the following tips to assure your child wears a bike helmet:

  • When you buy your child’s first bike, buy a helmet, too.
  • Make wearing a helmet a rule you enforce.
  • Be a role model; always wear a helmet when you ride a bike.
  • Let your child personalize the helmet by using stickers to decorate it.
  • Praise your child and others for wearing their helmets.
  • Help your child realize the head is the most important part of the body.
  • Help your child’s school establish and support the rule: “If you ride your bike to school, you must wear a helmet.”
  • Make sure the helmet fits properly. If the helmet is too loose, it is not protecting your child’s head.

Do your kids make positive choices when it comes to safety? Each day, they find themselves in many situations where they have to make a choice. The new exhibit, Kohl’s Healthy Kids: It’s Your Move! at Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in Milwaukee makes learning about safety fun.

As kids climb, crawl and move through the exhibit, they’ll have to complete various health-related activities and challenges, including a take-off on the game, Operation.  Kids use a stylus to carefully navigate throughout their “days.” Along the way, they’ll be faced with situations in which they must choose the safest way to get out. If they make a bad choice, they’ll get buzzed.

Kohl’s Healthy Kids: It’s Your Move! was developed in partnership with Children’s Hospital and Health System and brought to you by Kohl’s Department Stores. Learn more at bbcmkids.org.

-Colleen Schultz, Children’s Health Education Center.

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