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Health Tip: Is Your Child Ready for a Tricycle?

(HealthDay News) -- Riding a tricycle is a milestone for little ones, but parents should make sure their kids are ready to peddle.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions:

  • Make sure your child is ready to ride, usually about age 3.
  • Opt for a tricycle that's low to the ground and has big wheels, so it's less likely to tip.
  • Make sure your child has a helmet that fits properly, and that the child wears it whenever riding the bike.
  • Never allow your child to ride near swimming pools, parked or moving cars, or in driveways.
  • Most children aren't ready for a two-wheeled bike, even with training wheels, until age 6.

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