Many of the steps we take to prevent injuries also help reduce the risk of a concussion.
Infants & Toddlers
In newborns, the most common cause of a head injury is from a fall by being dropped or by falling from furniture or baby equipment. Visit Infants & Young Children for more information.
Preschoolers and up to age 9 are more likely to get a concussion and other injuries while on play equipment. At the playground choose playgrounds with:
- Equipment that is the right size for your child’s age
- Soft surfacing such as pea gravel or sand, and
- Be sure to closely supervise your child.
Visit Playground Safety for more information.
Older Children and Youth
Sports and recreation are the most common causes of concussion and head injury in this age group. Concussions and other injuries often happen when the player falls or collides with equipment or another player.
During sports, players should:
- Wear safety gear recommended for the sport, such as mouth guards or helmets
- Develop skills and techniques for that sport
- Know and follow the rules of the game
Visit Sport & Recreation for more information.
All Children Out and About
Preventing any type of injury also helps prevent concussions. Here are some ways keep your child safe:
- Make sure your child travels in a child car seat or booster seat that is the right stage for their height and weight. Young children should ride rear-facing until they outgrow rear-facing height/weight limit of the seat. By law in Manitoba, children must be in a certified car seat or booster until they are 9 years of age, weigh 80 lbs or are 4″9″ tall.
- Practice pedestrian safety. Walk with your children and teach them how to safely cross the road. Walk on sidewalks and paths whenever possible.
- Focus on safety for wheeled sports like cycling, skateboarding, scootering and in-line skating. Teach your child the rules of the road. Make sure that their bike, board or scooter is the right size and is working properly. They should wear a properly fitted helmet that is certified for the activity.