- Insist that your child always wear a helmet when biking, rollerblading, or skateboarding. Do the same yourself.
- Protect your child's teeth during sports with a mouth guard.
- Talk to your child about risks and how he can make choices to steer clear of danger.
- Many serious home accidents can be prevented. Find out how to make your house a safe place for school-aged children.
- Introduce strategies to help your children deal with bullies and protect themselves from abuse.
- Remember to keep danger and safety in perspective. Your child needs opportunities to practice independence, assess risks, and make safe decisions.
Getting a concussion during childhood can temporarily interfere with the way the brain works and interrupt the development of critical cognitive and communication skills. One way to reduce the incidence of childhood concussions is by raising awareness among parents, coaches, children and youth participating in sports. In this video, VIHA Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Richard Stanwick demonstrates how effective helmets are at reducing the chances of concussion: Heads Up - How Helmets Reduce the Risk of Concussion