Warning: Sliding With a Child on Your Lap Is Dangerous

This is a fascinating and important point that most parents probably don’t know. When you go down a slide with a child on your lap, you are actually putting them at risk. A study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics has found that children are more likely to injure their lower leg or shinbone if they are seating on a parent’s lap when they go down a slide.

A child sliding by himself is unlikely to break a bone if his foot catches on the edge or bottom of the equipment, but on a parent’s lap he will be sliding faster and the force is more likely to snap the bone if a foot gets caught.

The study’s lead author from the University of Iowa, Dr Charles Jennissen, said: “Many parents and caregivers go down a slide with a young child on their lap without giving it a second thought.”

The study explained that, “The majority of injuries sustained on slides by infants and young toddlers are lower extremity fractures and sliding down on a parent’s lap is the primary cause of these injuries.”

 

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