As summer approaches and the weather gets warmer, more kids will spend time outside playing. Playing outside on the playground is a great activity for children this time of year. Kids love playgrounds and although playgrounds are a great source of exercise for your little ones, they also present risks of injuries.
More than 200,000 children go to the emergency room each year because of playground injuries. Cuts, scrapes, broken bones, and concussions are the most common injuries that occur on playgrounds with most injuries occurring on monkey bars, climbing equipment, and swings.
As a parent, there are some steps you can take to prevent these common injuries and ensure that your child is safe while enjoying playground activities. Trusted Medical’s Senior Director of Pediatrics, Kelly Ann Williams, MSN, CPNP-AC, PNP-BC shares some of the most common playground injuries and how your child can avoid them.
The most common playground injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
How to Prevent Common Playground Injuries
A playground should be a safe and fun place for children to get some exercise and physically challenge themselves, and as a parent here are some steps you can take to prevent your child from getting injured while at the playground:
- Use Playground Equipment Correctly
You should always make sure that your child knows how to use the playground equipment correctly. Be sure to not only supervise your little one during playtime but check to make sure that they know how to properly use the playground equipment. If your child knows how to properly use the playground equipment, this will reduce their chance of acquiring an injury while playing.
2. Inspect Playground Equipment
It is always a good idea to inspect the equipment before letting your child play to ensure that the equipment is safe to play with or use. Check to make sure that the equipment has a soft material under it, such as wood chips, sand, or mulch. Look for guardrails on elevated surfaces to help prevent your child from falling. Watch out for things in the play area your child can trip on, like tree stumps or rocks.
3. Dress Appropriately for the Playground
Make sure that your child is dressed appropriately for the playground. This means removing any necklaces, purses, scarves, or clothing with drawstrings that can get caught on equipment and cause an injury. Buy weather-appropriate clothing to ensure that your kids can enjoy the playground all year round. In the summer and spring seasons, opt for longer shirts and pants that cover the skin to prevent scrapes and bruises, bug bites, and sunburn.
How Trusted Pediatrics Can Help You
As a parent, you always want to be extra cautious but keep in mind that no matter how many steps you take, the reality is: injuries happen.
That is why we at Trusted Pediatrics are here for you and your little one whenever you need it. If your child’s injury is severe and more than you can handle, then be sure to seek emergency care at one of our Trusted ER locations near you. Every Trusted ER has pediatric rooms made just for children and is a kid-friendly environment where trained doctors and nurses will care for your child with the utmost compassion and care.
As always, we are here for you. Caring for yours, as if they were our own.
Trusted ER is “Doing the right thing. Every patient. Every time.”