The doctor or another health care professional has just advised you to buy a protective helmet because your child's seizures have been causing sudden drops or falls that may cause a head injury. But what type of helmet is best for you and your child? Where you should go to get one?
To determine the best type of helmet, begin by thinking about your child's seizure behaviors. If your child falls backward, the back of the head needs protection. A good helmet also needs a chinstrap that can be adjusted so that it is snug but not uncomfortable. No matter what direction your child falls, the helmet should absorb the impact, so it will be useless if it does not remain securely on the head.
Not all types of helmets offer adequate protection. Bicycle helmets are comfortable and good-looking, but they do not offer the best protection for injuries from seizure activity. The longevity of the helmet is another problem. With repeated hard falls, a bicycle helmet may crack.
Boxing helmets, made of soft leather, are comfortable but they offer no protection and do not allow adequate ventilation. Football helmets offer good protection but are large and uncomfortable to wear. Baseball batting helmets are loose-fitting and are made without a chinstrap, so they offer inadequate protection.
Other helmets, like Ribcap Soft helmets, are made specially to protect people with medical needs, including small children.
Other features to look for in a soft, lightweight helmet are core components engineered specifically to absorb and dissipate energy, so the helmet is both protective and durable.