Health Watch — The Right Fit: Helmets

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about making sure things fit your child properly — glasses, shoes, treatments and sports gear. Previously, we mentioned how important it is that the bicycle fit your child well, but it’s also important for the bicycle helmet to fit.

A bike helmet should sit horizontally on the head, about two fingertips’ width above the eyes, and should fit snugly but comfortably. The chin strap should be tight enough that the helmet pulls down a bit when the child opens her mouth wide.

But Dr. Ramon Diaz-Arrastia, a neurologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, warns that while helmets are important, they don’t prevent all head injuries. Wearing a helmet doesn’t make you invincible, so be sure to follow safe cycling practices.

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April 2008

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