This is Why You Shouldn’t Ride a Slide With Your Kid

It may be fun, but sliding with your child is actually a high-risk activity!Taking your children to the playground can provide some of the sweetest childhood memories, but according to a new study, one common playground practice is putting our kids at serious risk of lower leg injuries.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children are far more likely to sustain an injury when sliding on a parents lap than when sliding alone. Why?

Kids who ride solo are unlikely to break a foot if one catches the edge or bottom of the equipment and is twisted backwards. A child on a parent’s lap, slides faster because of additional weight, making it more likely that they’ll sustain a serious sprain or fracture if a foot gets caught on the slide.

To reach this conclusion, doctors studied 350,000 playground slide injuries between 2002 and 2015, discovering that the most frequent slide injury was a child’s fracture. Lead study author Dr. Charles Jennissen says: ““Many parents and caregivers go down a slide with a young child on their lap without giving it a second thought. In most cases I have seen, the parents had no idea that doing so could possibly give their child such a significant injury. They often say they would never have done it had they known.”

Now that you know the dangers of tandem sliding, I hope you’ll be more aware of hidden dangers on the playground. If you have any other concerns about your child’s foot health, feel free to be in touch!

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.