Next Step – Bubble-Wrap

Learning to walk in a world of hard surfaces

Learning to walk in a world of hard surfaces can turn a special moment into a heart rendering incident in a flash. It’s normal for young children to sustain bumps and bruises occasionally as part of exploring; the problem is this kind of fall is very common in even the safest of homes and gardens. The damage to a falling toddler’s hands and knees can be an acceptable form of pain for learning but a head injury can be traumatic for both infant and parent.

It’s the ‘Thudguard’ (not to be confused with the Thagomizer) As a parent, I know that kids are built to withstand a fall from approximately their height.   I’ve had discussions about bike helmets with people before, and my rule is if the surface is paved, then wear the helmet.  I observed a neighbor who was teaching their daughter to ride a bike.  She fell, and her mother made quite a big deal about how if she hadn’t been wearing the helmet, she would have smashed her head.  From whare I was standing, I could see what really happened.  The kid & bike tipped over, and once they were on the ground, the kid let their head & helmet hit.  No helmet, no impact.

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Published in: on April 10, 2008 at 10:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

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