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Not that I'm looking to cut corners on protecting my beloved child's skull, but . . . seriously, does every sport require a different helmet? Bike helmet, check, got that. But now we're looking at ski equipment, and that's a different helmet. Rock climbing? Yep, different helmet. Is any crossover use possible here? Our child's bike helmet is actually a ''multisport helmet,'' which I believe means that it is supposed to look cool enough that maybe they'd wear it on a skateboard too. But could it also be worn for rock-climbing or skiing? If there are crucial activity-specific design differentiations, I'll happily stock up on helmets, but it's just not clear to me what makes one helmet different from another. Yeah, you need a helmet, but do you need four?
On the skiing front...make sure that you are wearing a helmet, too! I already assume you are wearing one when you bike... -anon
But around age 8-10 and beyond, when kids are really rippin' down the slopes/on their bike, etc., you absolutely require a different helmet for each sport. He was solid on that idea, regardless how much it sets you back. The beloved skull wins over pocketbook on this one.
Now that the winter snow season is upon us, we're planning on taking our three-year old and six-year old to the mountains for more sledding and possibly a few ski lessons for the six-year old. I'm wondering about the necessity of snow helmets for the kids. I wouldn't let the kids bike or scooter anywhere without their bike helmets, so I don't know why insisting on wearing a snow helmet for sledding would be any different. However, I haven't seen any other kids wearing them when sledding in the last two years we've gone to the snow. Are the helmets mostly for more active ''big kid'' snow sports like snowboarding, or would they also be appropriate for sledding? I saw a full-grown man on an inner tube plow right into an eight-year-old looking kid last year on a snow hill. The kid, who was just standing around near the bottom of the hill, was sent flying in the air from the impact! Made me think twice about kid safety when sledding. CC
Trust your instincts--hope this was helpful. DanaAre Your Kids Safe on the Slopes? For many children, winter does not mean an end to outdoor fun. From sledding to skiing, snowmobiling to ice skating, children find lots to do when the snow starts to fall. Unfortunately, the cold season can also lead to tragedy if children are not properly prepared and supervised. Head injuries from skiing or snowboarding can be an especially dangerous risk. While most ski areas rent or sell helmets for adults and children, and recommend their use, they do not require them to be worn. "A properly worn helmet could mean the difference between a minor injury and severe head trauma in the event of a fall," says Martin R. Eichelberger, M.D., Director of Emergency Trauma and Burn Services, Childrens National Medical Center and CEO, National SAFE KIDS Campaign. "Parents should make sure that children wear the proper safety equipment when skiing or snowboarding, as well as watch their children closely, limit their outdoor playtime and make sure that they are dressed appropriately for the weather." The National SAFE KIDS Campaign recommends the following tips to help keep your children safe so they can enjoy a fun-filled winter season no matter what activities they're participating in: Winter Sports and Activities Parents and caregivers should inspect equipment and the environment for possible hazards before children engage in winter activities such as sledding, ice skating and skiing. Remind children not to push, shove or roughhouse while engaging in sports, and tell them always to wait their turn. Snow Skiing and Snowboarding Each year, more than 17,700 children ages 5 to 14 are treated in hospital emergency rooms for snow skiing-related injuries, and nearly 22,900 are treated for snowboarding-related injuries. With a few safety precautions, skiing and snowboarding are sports that even young children can enjoy. Parents should make sure children follow these suggested precautions: * Enroll in at least one skiing or snowboarding lesson to start off on the right track. * Use caution when entering and exiting the ski lift. * Do not ski out of control or go too fast. * Be aware of other people on the slope. * Wear a ski helmet and eye protection. * Wear sun protection, even on cloudy days. * Never ski alone. Young children should always be supervised by an adult. Sledding Nearly 13,400 children ages 5 to 14 were treated in emergency rooms in 2002 for injuries related to sledding. Parents and caregivers should remember the following tips: * Make sure terrain is free of obstacles and far from traffic. Children should sled on packed snow (not ice) that is free of debris. Check carefully for snow-covered hazards such as rocks, tree limbs and stumps that could endanger sledders or skiers. * Use equipment that is sturdy and safely constructed. Avoid equipment with sharp and jagged edges. * Look for energy-absorbing pads on sled seats. * Examine handholds on sleds to be sure they are secure. * Ensure sleds and toboggans have steering devices that work easily and don't jam. Parents should remind children to: * Sled only on terrain that is free of obstacles. * Make sure the bottom of the slope is far from streets and traffic. * Always use a sled with a steering mechanism. Avoid makeshift sleds. * Avoid lying flat on the sled while riding down hill. Always sit up with feet forward - lying flat increases the chance of head and abdominal injuries. * Never ride in a sled pulled by a motorized vehicle. * Make sure the number of children riding on the sled does not exceed the manufacturer's recommendations.
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