To help a mother anticipate the safety needs of her nine-year-old son who is learning to ride a bicycle, the nurse should teach that:


•Correct use of a helmet is important in preventing head injuries.

•Children should be alert and watch for cars whether riding on the sidewalk or in the street.  Cars may pull into or back out of driveways causing a hazard to children riding on a sidewalk.

•Children should avoid riding at night when visibility is low. Use of reflectors of the front and rear of bikes is recommended for evenings.

•Riding with a parent does not ensure the child's safety.

•A formal course of instruction does not indicate what content is included.

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