This is a child safety warning that all parents need to see!
Whizzing a toddler or small child down a slide on your lap is the best way to stay safe – right? WRONG!
As this shocking video shows, perching a tot on your lap can cause serious injuries to your child.
The sickening ‘snap’ and child’s tears prove children carried this way are at high risk of broken or fractured limbs – so we have been asked to share so more mums know how to ensure your child stays safe.
TRIGGER WARNING: This video has content some may find upsetting
Shona, the mum who sent us this footage, had this to say about the incident:
“I just didn’t think it would end up in a broken leg. We were actually on a family day out and the play area was in the building before the exit. My son was screaming that he wanted to go on the slide so I said to my partner that I would take him down once and then we would leave. That’s why I didn’t bother to take our shoes off – because it was supposed to be quick. “He was only 18 months old. I didn’t feel confident or that he would be safe going down a slide that size on his own, so I just put him between my legs and off we went. His leg got caught and that was how easy it was for it to break. “As soon as we got back to the car he had stopped crying and he fell asleep on the way home so me and my partner thought nothing of it. It wasn’t until we got home and my son climbed off he sofa and fell to the floor we realised he couldn’t bare any weight on his leg. We took him straight to A&E and all the way there I was thinking that he had probably just pulled a muscle or twisted his ankle. Never did I think the doctors would come back to me and say his leg was broken. “I wanted to share this video to raise awareness about how easily this accident can happen, and something so innocent can be so dangerous. You certainly don’t think or expect something like this could happen but it can so easily happen.”
Heather also had a similar experience, and she shared a shocking photo of the moment her daughter’s leg was breaking. You can read about her story here.
A recent study revealed that in the UK each year there are around 8,000 visits to A&E with childrens’ slide related injuries. Experts say that the risk of a child breaking their leg on a slide is dramatically increased by them going down on their parent’s lap.
The general advice is to just not do it. If you don’t think your child is old enough or ready to go down a slide on their own, then they shouldn’t be going down it at all. As you can see from the video and photo, there is no ‘safe’ way to go down a slide with a child on your lap. Whether they are in between your legs or sitting on top of your legs, it can still happen.
Be sure to share this video with any of your friends who have children, as it is so important to spread awareness.
If you’d like to learn child first aid – from what to do if your child is choking to how to deal with things such as meningitis and sepsis – we have a fantastic free video course that we created in collaboration with St John Ambulance. You can watch that right here.
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