|Description:||The young girl pictured here, was out for a day of fun on a beautiful sunny Georgian day on her bicycle. She’d been equipped with a protective helmet, and hopefully, had applied sunscreen to her sun-exposed skin, which would protect her from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. Also note the protective padding that wrapped the handle bar support brace, which would protect her head in case she was involved in a fall.|
The CDC recommends the use of sunscreen with a rating of at least SPF 15, along with UVA and UVB protection, every time your child goes outside. For the best protection, apply sunscreen generously 30 minutes before going outdoors. Don't forget to protect ears, noses, lips, and the tops of feet.
Inadequate Use of Helmets
"Bicycle helmets might prevent approximately 56% of bicycle-related deaths. Proper use of bicycle helmets can eliminate 65%--88% of bicycle-related brain injuries and 65% of serious (i.e., facial fractures and lacerations seen in the emergency department) injuries to the upper and middle regions of the face". See the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) link below, for additional helmet-related injury prevention information below.
Each year, more than 500,000 people in the US are treated in emergency departments, and more than 700 people die as a result of bicycle-related injuries.
Children are at particularly high risk for bicycle-related injuries. In 2001, children 15 years and younger accounted for 59% of all bicycle-related injuries seen in US emergency departments.