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Playground Slide Safety

9:27 AM, Feb 17, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, FL -- A trip to the neighborhood park often includes a trip down a slide.

It's not unusual to see a parent or caregiver with a young child on their lap, thinking it's safer to slide down the slide with them.

However, medical experts say the adult is doing more harm than good.

Baptist Medical Center Pediatric Emergency Physician Anthony Pohlgeers shared this to the Good Morning Jacksonville team.

"The child's rubber-soled shoe often gets stuck on the slide," Dr. Pohlgeers explained while showing us x-rays of leg fractures and breaks, "and as the larger person keeps going down the slide, the patient's leg gets twisted underneath the larger individual."

Dr. Pohlgeers says he sees frantic parents rush into the hospital emergency room with a child suffering a leg injuring from a slide twice a month on average.

"The parents have probably done this multiple times before or seen other people do it," Dr. Pohlgeers explains.

"They've gone down the slide, they weren't thinking that obviously they could hurt their child in any way, but then this happens."

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