BACK TOTOP Browse A-ZSearchBrowse A-ZABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ0-9 E-mail FormEmail ResultsName:Email address:Recipients Name:Recipients address:Message: Print-FriendlyBookmarksbookmarks-menuPreventing head injuries in childrenConcussion - preventing in children; Traumatic brain injury - preventing in children; TBI - children; Safety - preventing head injuryAlthough no child is injury proof, parents can take simple steps to keep their children from getting head injuries.Car SafetyYour child should wear a seatbelt at all times when they are in a car or other motor vehicle.Use a child safety seat or booster seat that is best for their age, weight, and height. A seat that fits poorly can be dangerous. You can have your car seat checked at an inspection station. You can find a station near you by checking the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website -- www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats#35091. Safety seat or booster seatAll states require children to be secured in a car seat or booster seat until they reach certain height or weight requirements. This article gives y...Read Article Now Book Mark Article Children can switch from car seats to booster seats when they weigh 40 pounds (lb), or 18 kilograms (kg). There are car seats that are made for children who weigh more than 40 lbs or 18 kg. Car and booster seat laws vary by state. It is a good idea to keep your child in a booster seat until they are at least 4'9" (145 cm) tall and between 8 and 12 years old. Do not drive with a child in your car when you have been drinking alcohol, used illegal drugs, or are feeling very tired.Wearing a HelmetHelmets help to prevent head injuries. Your child should wear a helmet that fits properly for the following sports or activities:Playing contact sports, such as lacrosse, ice hockey, football Riding a skateboard, scooter, or inline skates Batting or running on the bases during baseball or softball games Riding a horse Riding a bike Sledding, skiing, or snowboarding Your local sporting goods store, sports facility, or bike shop will be able to help make certain the helmet fits properly. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also has information on how to fit a bike helmet.Almost all major medical organizations recommend against boxing of any sort, even with a helmet.Older children should always wear a helmet when riding a snowmobile, motorcycle, scooter, or all-terrain vehicle (ATV). If possible, children should not ride on these vehicles.After having a concussion or mild head injury, your child may need a helmet. Be sure to talk with your provider about when your child can return to activities.Concussion or mild head injuryYour child was treated for a concussion. This is a mild brain injury that can result when the head hits an object or a moving object strikes the hea...Read Article Now Book Mark Article Keeping Your Child Safe in the HomeInstall window guards on all windows that can be opened.Use a safety gate at the top and the bottom of stairs until your child can safely go up and down. Keep stairs free of any clutter. Do not let your children play on stairs or jump on or from furniture.Do not leave a young infant alone on a high place such as a bed or sofa. When using a high chair, make sure your child is strapped in with the safety harness.Store all firearms and bullets in a locked cabinet.Outdoor SafetyMake sure playground surfaces are safe. They should be made of shock-absorbing material, such as rubber mulch.Keep your children away from trampolines, if possible.Bed SafetySome simple steps can keep your child safe in bed:Keep the side rails on a crib up. Do not let your child jump on beds. If possible, do not buy bunk beds. If you must have a bunk bed, check online reviews before buying. Make sure the frame is strong. Also make sure there is a side rail on the upper bunk. The ladder should be strong and attach firmly to the frame. Open ReferencesReferencesCenters for Disease Control and Prevention website. Brain injury basics. www.cdc.gov/headsup/basics/index.html. Updated March 5, 2019. Accessed October 8, 2020.Johnston BD, Rivara FP. Injury control. In: Kliegman RM, St. Geme JW, Blum NJ, Shah SS, Tasker RC, Wilson KM, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 21st ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 13.National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. Car seats and booster seats. www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats#35091. Accessed October 8, 2020.AllVideoImagesTogA Closer Look Ear infections(In-Depth)Epilepsy(In-Depth)Sinusitis(In-Depth)Gastroesophageal reflux disease and heartburn(In-Depth)Migraine headaches(In-Depth)Exercise(In-Depth)Obstructive sleep apnea(In-Depth)Carpal tunnel syndrome(In-Depth)Headaches - tension(In-Depth)Back pain and sciatica(In-Depth)Self Care Preventing head injuries in childrenRelated Information Craniosynostosis repair(Surgery)Unconsciousness - first aid(Injury)Head injury - first aid(Injury)Concussion(Condition)Decreased alertness(Symptoms)Craniosynostosis repair - discharge (Discharge)Epilepsy in children - discharge(Discharge)Concussion in children - what to ask your doctor(Doctor Questions)Epilepsy in children - what to ask your doctor(Doctor Questions) Review Date: 7/22/2020 Reviewed By: Charles I. Schwartz MD, FAAP, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, General Pediatrician at PennCare for Kids, Phoenixville, PA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team. Editorial update 04/28/2021. The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed medical professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Links to other sites are provided for information only -- they do not constitute endorsements of those other sites. © 1997- © 1997- All rights reserved. A.D.A.M. content is best viewed in IE9 or above, Firefox and Google Chrome browser.Content is best viewed in IE9 or above, Firefox and Google Chrome browser.