Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Did You Know That Riding Down The Slide With Your Toddler On Your Lap Can Cause Surprising Risk?

Just sharing what I have read today. Surprisingly true.

Try to think of this:

You’re at the playground and your toddler wants to go down the steepest slide.

Which do you think is safer?

a. have your child ride in your lap while you slide together


b. let your child to go down the slide by himself

I've seen my self in this same scenario many times and maybe you have pictured it too. A modern yet protective mom will definitely choose option A,

A mother's instinct will always claim that – kids will be safer if the parent will stick around but did you know that a study at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y., will prove that wrong? The study found that nearly 14 percent of pediatric leg fractures over an 11-month period involved toddlers riding down the slide with a parent. That’s because when the kid slides down while sitting in his parent’s lap, there’s a chance that the foot will get caught on the slide of the slide – and the force of the adult’s weight behind the kid will end up breaking his leg.

Apparently, this is more common than we think. See this for your reference.  It's better to be reminded than sorry!

I'm sure you wouldn't like to compromise your kids' leg to be fractured over a playground slide.

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