There it was, right on the front page of today’s New York Times:
Even though we were worried, we were very lucky and it turned out that Fuzz didn’t have a fractured tibia, and only a strained muscle (at least that we’re aware of–he started walking about 48 hours after the initial accident). But remember, I did do some searching around about the slide safety and only today are more people starting to learn the hazards of the slide.
However, this article indicates that the accident happens more frequently when parents put their child on their laps to go down. If you recall, Fuzz was on his own when his foot got caught. Perhaps this prevented him from having an actual fracture?
Meanwhile, because of this incident, I’ve been more cautious with him on the slide and have been more inclined to go down with him, which this article says you should not do. Per the article by Tara Parker-Slope:
This may be one of those counterintuitive cases when a child is safer by himself. If a foot gets caught while the child is sliding alone, he can just stop moving or twist around until it comes free. But when a child is sitting in an adult lap, the force of the adult’s weight behind him ends up breaking his leg.
Funny, how I thought I was protecting him but really he was more unsafe being on my lap. My new thing is trying to make sure his heels are together in the center, that way he has less of a chance of his legs separating and getting caught on the side. I’m not sure if this will actually help or not, but I’m not going to keep my son off the slide, since he loves it so much. That seems like cruel and unusual punishment.
So, if you want to try to prevent this accident, DO NOT RIDE DOWN THE SLIDE WITH YOUR CHILD ON YOUR LAP! (or at the very least, take off his shoes first, if you do).
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