Avoid Playground Injuries this Summer

As the weather warms, parks and playgrounds are once more a popular destination for those with kids.

Children have a LOT of energy, and playgrounds, especially those designed specifically for young children, often are the best place for them to climb, swing and slide. And yet playground injuries remain a common occurrence.

Did you know, for example, that going down the slide with your baby or toddler on your lap is a no-no?

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 600,000 people were injured at playgrounds in 2012, including:

  • Approximately 210,000 who were injured on monkey bars and other climbing apparatuses
  • 151,279 on swing sets
  • 125,750 on slides
  • 56,000 on other playground equipment
  • 10,575 on seesaws or teeterboards

In the June issue of Savvy Kids magazine, ASO physician Jeanine Andersson, M.D., offered helpful tips to avoid injury on the playground.

“Most injuries are falls or equipment failure, or if your child is trying to do something on the playground they aren’t old enough to attempt,” she said. “These injuries are very preventable.”

For the full article, visit http://issuu.com/arkansastimesvisitorsguide/docs/savvy_kids_june_6ecf3fc8fc6d43?e=1244187/8099561