Studies show that the best age to begin helmet therapy for babies is between 5 and 6 months. This allows for the helmet to gently shape your baby’s skull as they grow.
Can a 1 year old wear a helmet?
Because pediatricians recommend against having children under age 1 as passengers on bicycles, the Commission does not want the certification label to imply that children under age 1 can ride safely. That explains why you will not find a child helmet on the market sized for a tiny tot.
Can a baby get a helmet at 9 months?
Is my child a candidate for helmet therapy? If your child is diagnosed with deformational plagiocephaly, brachycephaly or scaphocephaly and is less than 12 months old, cranial remolding may be prescribed to correct the shape of the baby’s head. Helmets must be prescribed by a licensed physician.
Does a baby need to wear a helmet on a bike seat?
Does my child need to wear a cycle helmet when they are in a rear bike seat? In the UK there is no legal obligation for anyone to wear a helmet, but many parents choose to use them.
Why do so many babies need helmets now?
The most common cause for helmets today is to treat positional plagiocephaly, or flat head syndrome. A number of factors contribute to positional plagiocephaly. In most cases, the issue will fix itself by the time the child is 5 years old. But if a parent is concerned, a helmet can help properly shape the skull.
Is 9 months too late for a helmet?
It is probably not too late, although your baby’s skull growth has definitely slowed down by now. Some helmet manufacturers will “band” babies up to 24 months old; however, treatment within the first year is found to be most effective. The earlier the diagnosis and treatment, the better your chances of success!
Are helmets bad for babies?
They are only recommended for moderate to severe cases, and for babies aged between 4-14 months. Provided you choose a reputable clinic, flat head helmets are a safe, trouble free and pain free treatment, and pose absolutely no threat to your baby’s development.
What age can a child go on the back of a bike?
Which child bike seat is best? There are two main styles of child bike seats – those mounted on the front and those on the rear. These are both suitable for carrying a child from around six months, when they can sit up unaided, up to between four and six years old.