NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CBS Charlotte) - As playgrounds grow crowded with children and parents enjoying spring temperatures, pediatricians are advising caretakers against the practice of sliding down slides with children in their laps.
One such doctor – Dr. Andrew Gregory of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. – released a statement to that effect, urging parents not to engage in the dangerous activity, as it could result in serious injury.
“Parents may think they are protecting their child, by sitting with them on the slide,” the statement, which was obtained by United Press International, read. “However, the injuries that we see are often the result of the child’s leg being pinned between the adult and the slide, which causes a fracture of the child’s tibia.”
Gregory added, “It is much safer to let young children go down on their own and catch them at the bottom.”
Experts made other suggestions for how to ensure child safety as well. They included checking for rusted or broken equipment and encouraging children to use the equipment properly.
Pediatricians also warned parents about the dangers of head and neck drawstrings in their release, and recommended that they be removed before a child plays on a playground, UPI learned.