Clap-back queen Chrissy Teigen has responded to followers who raised concerns about a playground picture she uploaded of herself and two-year-old daughter Luna.
The image shows Luna and Chrissy on a slide together, with the expectant mum noting that Luna was not sold on the whole slide idea at all. Rather than share stories of reluctant sliders as she may have hoped, many followers, possibly HUNDREDS, were instead keen to point out that this seemingly super-fun activity is actually dangerous to little limbs.
Admittedly, they have a point. If you’ve been a regular Babyology reader, you’ll remember we reported on the injuries sliding with kids on your lap can cause a little while ago. Many, many readers responded to the story, letting us know that their kids have been hurt like this. But others felt the warnings were going too far, and helicopter parenting gone mad.
So what is wrong with sliding with a child on your lap, we hear (some of) you ask. Well, if a child’s limb strays from their parent’s lap, it can get trapped between the slide and their moving, sliding parent. The momentum and weight of their parent sliding can keep the child sliding too, while their limb remains trapped and “left behind”. Sprains, strains and broken bones can be the painful result, when this chain of events unfolds.
If you’re thinking “piffle, we did this as kids, no broken legs here!” it’s good to note that this sort of playground happens A LOT. Maybe it just didn’t happen to you (which is great!)
That said, it’s not common knowledge that this can be dangerous and adults who DO slide with kids almost always are unaware of the risks and just wanting to have some fun. They don’t deserve to be judged.
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.
The discussion about Chrissy and Luna’s tandem sliding reached a sort of fever pitch, with some saying things to the effect of “Luna could break a bone, stop it” and others saying “Luna could break a bone, but it’s not our place to point that out”.
Chrissy herself replied to the passionate discussion, possibly upset by the storm of commentary her photo had sparked.
“Wish you guys would have told me about the leg thing earlier. They broke. Both of them. And everyone else’s in the park broke too just from watching it happen. There are so many broken legs here (heads up photos are a one second moment in time, I was lifting her onto my lap),” Chrissy posted, trying to lighten things up.
It’s all in the delivery
It’s hard to know what the best response is here. Should followers warn Chrissy and other fans that this is not a good idea OR is it better to leave well enough alone.
Chrissy’s previously admitted that the relentless onslaught of criticism when she posts anything on social media, has led her to be super cautions, scrutinising images carefully before she hits “post”. So it’s probable that she didn’t realise that doctors have warned parents not to slide with kids on their laps.
That said, it’s hard to know why so many people posted the very same warning over and over and over again. Surely if they truly cared about Luna and Chrissy they might have thought, “Oh, three people have already told Chrissy this is dangerous. Job well done!” and moved on?
Piling-on en masse like this, pointing out her error is not the best way to raise awareness or help another parent out.
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