Many parents who ride bikes like to include their young children. Riding tricycles is also a fun outdoor activity for preschoolers age 3 and older. To avoid injury from these activities, consider the following safety measures to protect your children.
A baby or young child in a carrier that is attached to an adult's bike is at risk for serious injury, even when using all the latest safety equipment. Uneven road surfaces, cars and other vehicles, or unanticipated problems can endanger your child. It is best to wait to bike with children until they have the balance and coordination to ride along with you on their own bicycles.1 Usually, this is around age 7. Do not allow children to ride in the street until they are 10 years old, are skilled riders, and consistently observe the basic rules of the road.
In certain circumstances, biking with a child trailer has fewer risks. If you are really set on biking with a baby or young child, the following suggestions can help you minimize the risk of injury:1
Tricycles and similar three-wheeled toys provide exercise and entertainment for many children. Keep this activity fun and safe by following these tips:
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics|
|Last Revised||November 30, 2010|
Last Revised: November 30, 2010
Author: Healthwise Staff
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