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Possible dangers on slides

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Kids like to run and play, and slides provide a great way for them to enjoy themselves. Holding a child may seem safer than letting him or her go it alone, but that's not the case.

When the rubber on the bottom of the shoes catches the plastic slide, the child doesn't have time to adjust because the weight of the parent keeps them moving, causing a fracture or a break to the child's leg.

According to Dr. Matthew Tien, "If a child is hurt on a slide like this, typically there is no setting or surgery required. However, they will have to wear a cast that goes from the foot to above the knee for 4-6 weeks.  Generally, there are no lasting complications."

The child may forget about the incident, but their parents may not.

"The lasting effect is sometimes more psychological with the parents. They feel horrible that they did this to their child," says Dr. Tien.   

But there's no need to freak out and stop your child from playing on sliding boards - just be careful.

Dr. Tien says, "I think your child should be old enough so they can follow directions enough to know, don't be too close to the edge, get back or you need to sit down, go down feet first."

The bottom line: Let kids be kids. Let them go it alone starting around age 2.

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