Clinical Tip: To promote bike safety, use the power of example

August 1, 2005

Bicycle riding and safety are two of my interests-the first for fun and exercise, the second to improve safety in my favorite sport. For older children, every well-child visit includes a safety questionnaire. If the child says "No" when I ask "Do you wear a bike helmet for every ride?" I tell him that we'll go on a brief field trip. Then I take him to my office to see my helmet hanging on the handlebars of my bicycle. Children seem to enjoy the diversion and get the message.

Bicycle riding and safety are two of my interests-the first for fun and exercise, the second to improve safety in my favorite sport. For older children, every well-child visit includes a safety questionnaire. If the child says "No" when I ask "Do you wear a bike helmet for every ride?" I tell him that we'll go on a brief field trip. Then I take him to my office to see my helmet hanging on the handlebars of my bicycle. Children seem to enjoy the diversion and get the message.

Lance Chilton, MDAlbuquerque, N.M.