Marx wrote: Riddley wrote:
Ironically, between about 12 months & 2yrs old, my little fella used to walk around the house with a little plastic bucket on head & banged it around on hard things in the house. I think he liked the noise it made. Now, at 3yrs old, each time I put the kiddie bike helmet on for a ride in the chair, he head butts the nearest hard surface for laughs (mostly the car in the garage as he likes the reaction it gets from mum).
So putting something hard & protective on a small child’s head just encourages the likelihood of impact to hard objects, I reckon.
When I was in the army the helmet I wore was just a tad more substantive than a bicycle helmet, made of ballistic nylon*
. Working on wagons, we were supposed to wear them all the time when not in the wagon operating equipment. Thing is that just abou everybody banged their heads working around the wagon because the effect of wearing the helmet made the head far bigger. Now it didn't hurt that much, made of kevlar after all, but it was damned annoying. When we could get away with it (frequently) we'd leave the helmet off when working around the wagons as we hit our noggins far less that way.
EDIT: * Well I never, all these years thought it was Kevlar and it's acutally ballistic nylon. TIL.
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