You shouldn’t go down a slide with a child on your lap

Mum sliding with daughter

A US mum is keen to warn others of the dangers of sliding with their kids, after her little boy was injured in what was meant to be fun mum-and-kiddo activity.

“Very classic mistake”

Kristi Broughton shared her experience online, hoping to tip other parents off and help avoid further injuries to slide-loving kids. 

The mum-of-two explained that her three-year-old had been quite badly hurt doing something many of us would not give a second thought about doing.

“Gage now has a broken leg due to this very classic mistake all parents, including myself, do,” Kristi said.

Kristi had hopped on the playground slide, with Gage between her legs in front of her and off they slid. Then they whizzed to the bottom, where Gage’s shoe gripped the slide and got stuck. Then everything went pear-shaped very quickly.

“At the very end of the metal slide, the rubber sole of his shoe got caught and stopped but his body kept going, so he twisted his foot underneath him. The weight of me behind him was exactly what made it worse. Instead of him being able to correct his foot, my weight kept it going,” Kristi told PopSugar.

Common injury, thousands of fractures

It turns out this is not a freak accident – and injuries like Gage’s happen way more often than parents and carers might think.

Recent research reveals that in the US, a whopping 352 698 kids under the age of six were injured on slides between 2002 and 2015.  

In the UK, approximately 40,000 children are brought to the emergency room every year with injuries sustained in playgrounds. Over 20 percent of the accidents were caused by slides. 

The most common slide injury was a fracture, usually to the lower leg, the study revealed.

“Many parents and caregivers go down a slide with a young child on their lap without giving it a second thought,” research lead Charles Jennissen, MD, Clinical Professor and Pediatric Emergency Medicine Staff Physician, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine said.

Forewarned is forearmed

He stresses that parents are almost always unaware of the potential harm sliding with their child could cause, and hopes this study will raise awareness about the injuries that can be sustained when kids go down the slide on an adult’s lap.

“In most cases I have seen, the parents had no idea that doing so could possibly give their child such a significant injury. They often say they would never have done it had they known.”

Good to know, right? We hope Gage is well and truly on the mend.

Note: Image features models not parent and child mentioned in story

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