As summer approaches, kids are getting more and more excited to play outside. When you take your little ones to the local playground, they have the opportunity to get active, have fun, and make new friends with other children in the area. On a nice, sunny day, it can be one of the best ways to spend an afternoon. But playgrounds, full of swings, slides, and climbers, can also be dangerous for your children. If they don’t know the rules for basic playground safety, then they could get hurt.
When it comes to being safe on the playground, first, parents need to understand how their children are most likely to be hurt. Between classic monkey bars and some of the new rock-climbing walls on jungle gyms, there are many factors to look out for. Luckily, the National Program for Playground Safety has compiled some data about how children are hurt on the playground. Through their studies they determined that the top two injuries on playgrounds are fractures and abrasions—meaning, broken bones and cuts.
Since these injuries make up a whopping 73% of playground injuries, let’s take a closer look about how to prevent and treat these injuries for the summer.
Abrasions are small cuts and scrapes that are bound to happen to any child. Making sure the playground your child goes to has a soft floor, such as sand, mulch, or wood chips, is a good way to minimize abrasions for your child. But, in the case of a scratched knee, making sure you wash out the wound and put antibacterial cream on it, as well as a bandage, is a good way to treat these injuries at home.
Lacerations, on the other hand, are deep scratches or cuts in the skin that can result in a lot of blood and may require stitches. Sometimes, this happens when children slip on playground equipment, or misuse parts of the playground. If your child has a deep cut, it is a medical emergency. In this case, it is best to take your child to the nearest ER for treatment.
Broken bones are nothing to mess with! Children run the risk of breaking their bones when they misuse playground equipment or fall from bigger heights. The best way to prevent these injuries is to make sure your children always follow the rules of the playground. It isn’t safe to climb backwards up a slide, or to climb the guard rails. Encourage your children to use the equipment properly, so that they don’t hurt themselves.
In the event of a broken bone, though, emergency help is needed. Steamboat Emergency Center is open 24/7, even on holidays, and is always ready to treat pediatric medical emergencies.
Playground injuries can happen when we least expect them, but if parents and children alike are careful, and use equipment properly, then the risk of getting hurt is much lower. Keep some antiseptic wipes and band-aids available for small scrapes but remember to find medical help if any injuries are serious. No matter what accidents have happened during playtime, Steamboat Emergency Center is here to support your family and make sure you have the best summer possible.
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