Safety comes first – Helmet use
We at Cornerstone Pediatrics recommend (and in many states it is the law) to wear a helmet while doing activities like riding a bike, scooter or skate boarding. Your skull bones can protect your brain when you are walking or running by your own power, but those same skull bones need some extra help (provided by helmet) when you are using any kind of wheels (like bicycle, skate boarding) because the wheels of a “machine” exponentially increase the force your skull and brain experience in the event of a fall.
Also remember to wear protective gear while playing contact sports at school or elsewhere. Even professional athletes wear helmets in baseball, football, hockey, etc.
Protect your brain, you only have one, and just like Humpty Dumpty, it is hard to put back together again if it is injured.
Safety comes first – car seat
The law requires that children be in car seats. Children younger than 2 years of age need to be a car seat that is rear facing until they are 2 years of age. From age 2 years until they reach 40 pounds, children should be in a 5 point harness forward facing car seat. Older children between 40 to 80 pounds or less than 4 feet 9 inches should be in a booster seat. The back seat is always the best place for children including older children (under age 15 years) that are able to wear seat belts. Have a safe ride in your car seat/booster seat/ with seat belt from Cornerstone Pediatrics!