Your Views On Toddlers Wearing Helmets When Carried On A Bike

Discussion in 'Helmet Discussions' started by rusky, 22 Jul 2012.

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  1. rusky

    rusky CC Addict

    Location:
    Hove
    As per the title really.

    I take our 3 1/2 year old to nursery 3 days a week.

    What's the thoughts on him wearing a helmet??
     
  2. OP
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    rusky

    rusky CC Addict

    Location:
    Hove
    Route is 2 miles max & the worst part is a left then right turn from here https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=neville+avenue+hove&hl=en&ll=50.838847,-0.188055&spn=0.041736,0.13175&hq=neville+avenue&hnear=Brighton,+The+City+of+Brighton+and+Hove,+United+Kingdom&t=h&z=14&layer=c&cbll=50.838771,-0.188044&panoid=AXX29gD98Hhvsw5GrqMVtg&cbp=12,130.46,,0,2.46to the Amherst post office
     
  3. slowmotion

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

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    Here is a quote from a learned article....

    Children are more predisposed to head injury than adults because: -They have larger head-to-body weight ratio -Immature brain more prone to injury -The protective cranial vault bones are thinner -They may lose large volumes of blood- with scalp lacerations and/or haematomas.

    Here is the article...

    http://www.rch.org.au/paed_trauma/manual.cfm?doc_id=12599
     
  4. Red Light

    Red Light Guest

    http://www.thudguard.com/ You know it makes sense!

    Seriously though that's a decision only you can make. To balance MP's point though most seat designs do a pretty good job of cocooning the child so that even if the bike falls over they are very unlikey to hit their head.
     
  5. ufkacbln

    ufkacbln Guest

    Thudguard!

    For many years I have advocated the use of the Thudguard in helmet debates , and now they have a Cycle Helmet!
     
  6. ufkacbln

    ufkacbln Guest

    Seriously though...

    It is really up to you to make an informed choice.

    All the normal advice reference the need for fit, comfort, security and a reasonable standard of testing (higher than EN1078)

    Unfortunately for children this is made more difficult by their neck strength, development, and the size of their head.

    At 31/2 this is easier, but not necessarily easy.

    Lots of useful information here
     
  7. Red Light

    Red Light Guest

    This is also a very considered and balanced assessment of helmets and children
     
  8. Linford

    Linford Guest

    The thing about an accident (incident) when you actually lose control of the vehicle/bike etc or get hit off is that you have realistically no idea how you are going to land. You may just slide, you may roll, you may connect with the kerb, or a vehicle.

    Anyone who advocates a lid for their child is automatically acknowledging that a properly fitting lid is going to help reduce the severity of impact.
     
  9. Red Light

    Red Light Guest

    Tim Gill puts it very well.

    Yet infant deaths involving cycling represent under 1% of under 4 accidental fatalities meaning there are many other areas we should be worrying about first before cycling.
     
  10. ufkacbln

    ufkacbln Guest

    This is why I lightheartedly mentioned Thudguard

    Although I have always thought that the child's face in this picture sums the situation up quite nicely..

    images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRmsW0MKWuoUTKiKaoms3ehhz184i87eX2FCA6blDAJRhesjdijgg.jpg

    They have been the opposite way round, they have designed and advocated helmet use for all sorts of day to day activities and used all the emotive blackmail and pseudo-medical claims to justify their use, and have now decided to include cycle helmets!
     
  11. ufkacbln

    ufkacbln Guest

    My emphasis

    Which will only be the case of a typical well informed and knowledgeable cyclist on this web site, but research show just how many parents think (or are indeed encouraged by the likes of Headway et al) that any old helmet perched on the child's head will save them.
     
  12. Red Light

    Red Light Guest

    My correction
     
  13. OP
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    rusky

    rusky CC Addict

    Location:
    Hove
    Thanks for all the advice.

    I think there's a good chance of me dripping the bike just getting on or off!
     
  14. ufkacbln

    ufkacbln Guest

    Mounting and dismounting is more difficult - it is only a matter of time before you forget and try to swing your leg over the seat!

    Just take care and you should be alright

    However dropping the bike can be prevented when putting the child in or out of the seat.

    Whilst it should never be relied on to balance the bike when the child is in the seat a two legged stand can free the other hand whilst putting the child in the seat. Secondly there used to be a handlebar yoke to prevent the bars turning as well.
     
  15. jdtate101

    jdtate101 Ex-Fatman

    Location:
    Boring Birmingham
    When it comes to cycling with my kids, I chose a trailer rather than a seat as I didn't like the top heavy centre of gravity they cause, and I have two kids to move, so a trailer was the only sensible option. When I did a test ride with a rear seat it was ok but awkward. The hardest part, as others have mentioned is getting on and off. Trailers are great because the kids don't have to wear a helmet, but can be very heavy when going up hills...:heat:
     
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