A helmet should fit
There are laws that require children to wear bike helmets, but there aren't laws that require parents to make sure helmets fit properly. And proper fit is as important as a proper helmet.
According to an article in New Jersey's Bergen Record, the helmetshould be snug, but not too tight. The straps should go over the ears,not on top of them. And your child needs to understand that the helmetmust remain parallel to the ground, not pushed back on the head. Thehelmet should cover the forehead and be strapped so it stays that way,the story says.

Older helmets often don't have newer safety features and can becomebrittle with age, something parents should remember when they pass downhelmets from one child to the next. Helmets should be replaced at leastevery five years.

Another tip: make sure your child has a say in picking a helmet so he or she likes it enough to wear it.

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