I’m a first aider – here’s why you should NEVER go down the slide with your little one

GOING to the playground should be a fun experience for you and your little one.

But sometimes they might get frightened and insist you play on the equipment with them.

One expert has however warned against this and said you should never go down the slide with your child.

Paediatric nurse and mum Sarah Hunstead said you should let them go down the slide solo.

Posting to CPR Kids on Instagram she said: "If your little one sits on your lap to slide down a slide, there is an increased risk of them getting their lower limbs caught in between you and the slide.

"This might result in a broken bone.

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"It’s better to let them slide solo, but if you choose to slide with them on your lap, be careful to ensure their legs can’t get caught between you and the slide," she said.

Previous studies have highlighted the dangers of riding on the lap with nursery-age children.

A paper published in Injury Epidemiology found that hundreds of thousands of children are injured each year on slides.

The medics found that children under the age of three were twelve times more likely to have been injured in a playground when being on their parents' lap.

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"Children identified as being on a lap had an increased odds of injury to the lower extremity than to other body parts, and of lower leg/ankle fracture than fractures elsewhere," they stated.

The experts said that healthcare providers should be mindful of the potential for these slide-related injuries as they can result in a toddler’s fracture of the tibia.

The tibia is the larger bone on the inside of the leg and it sits next to the fibula, which is the smaller one on the outside.

The tibia is important as it is the weight-bearing bone of the two.

"Parents should also be made aware of this increased risk and counselled that a child’s foot can catch on the slide’s surfaces when going down on a person’s lap with subsequent twisting forces that can result in a fracture," the experts added.

Lead researcher Professor Charles Jennissen said the size and weight of adults plays a big role in the potential for injury, as a young child sliding by themselves is unlikely to hurt themselves severely even if their foot catches due to the relatively low forces involved.

It comes after one mum revealed that her child ended up with a broken leg when she took her son on a slide for the first time.

Earlier this year, US mum Jean explained how she assumed it was safe for her toddler to go down the slide as long as he was on her lap.

She wrote on her Instagram page: "Tis the season to share a tip I wish was in the nonexistent parenting handbook, or at least at the pediatrician 18 month checkup […]

"Here I was, a mum of 18 months, thinking how sweet to put my toddler on my lap for additional support.

"Boy, was I wrong and learned the hard way, five short months after he started walking he had a broken leg from lapping it on a slide!"

She then shared a video of them going down the slide together before cutting off at the point where his leg got caught.

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Speaking from her own experience, Jean said: "When they are sitting on the lap of a parent, the relative force is much greater because of additional weight.

"This means, you're going down the slide at a much faster speed, making the chance of a broken bone more likely if the child's foot catches on the slide's surface."

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