Just Like Riding a Bike

As spring approaches, children will get back on their bikes, skateboards, and in-line skates, and parents will prepare for the bumps and bruises. However your kids choose to stay active, it is important to remember simple safety measures to prevent serious injury.

“Teach children safe habits early, like wearing a helmet and protective pads, and these precautions become routine,” said Dr. Zach Kassutto, director of Capital Health Pediatric Emergency Services at Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell.

Even with every precaution, accidents happen. Capital Health is always ready to treat children in an emergency through its specialized Pediatric Emergency Department. Completely separate from our adult area and designed with children in mind, our specialized Pediatric Emergency Department is staffed 24/7 by experienced pediatricians and award-winning nurses certified in pediatric emergency medicine. For information, call 609.303.4466 or visit capitalpeds.org.

Here are more tips to keep in mind from the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • Oversized bikes are especially dangerous. Take your child with you when shopping for a bike. Purchase a bike that is the right size, not one your child has to “grow into.”
  • Never push a child to ride a two-wheel bike until he or she is ready. Stick with foot brakes until your child has more experience for hand brakes.
  • All skateboarders and in-line skaters should wear protective gear including a helmet and pads.
  • When in-line skating, only skate on designated paths or rinks, not in the street.
  • Never ride skateboards or scooters near moving traffic

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