Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Young Kids Who Go Down Playground Slide on Parent's Lap Risk Broken Leg: Study

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Young Kids Who Go Down Playground Slide on Parent's Lap Risk Broken Leg: Study

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Safer for kids to go down slide alone: study

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It may seem like the safer choice, but researchers say young children who go down a playground slide on a parent's lap are at risk of a broken leg or other injuries.

Researchers found almost 352,700 children under six years of age were injured on slides in the U.S. from 2002 to 2015 -- and many of those injuries were leg fractures.

Almost a quarter of injuries occurred in toddlers aged 12 to 23 months. More than a third of the injuries in children overall were fractures, usually involving a lower leg.

The researchers say that in most cases, this type of fracture happens when the child's foot catches the edge or bottom of the slide, then twists and bends backward while sitting on a parent's lap.

Lead researcher Dr. Charles Jennissen, a pediatric emergency physician at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, says a young child sliding by themselves is unlikely to get a severe leg injury, even if their foot catches. …

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