Most adults have nothing but fond memories of the playground. However, as an adult, there’s a good chance you’re slightly more cautious when your child is running around the playground… and for good reason too. Research shows that, each day, 600 kids in the United States end up in the emergency room due to injuries sustained at the playground.
By learning the most common injuries around the playground, you can help educate your child on how he or she can have fun while still remaining cautious.
- Head Injuries: Swings and monkey bars both create a high risk of head injuries for children. Head injuries incurred at the playground vary from bumps and bruises to concussions and even traumatic brain injuries.
- Internal Injuries: Blunt trauma of any kind can cause internal injuries for a child. If a child falls from a high piece of equipment or even collides with a piece of equipment, he or she could easily suffer an injury internally.
- Broken or Fractured Bones: Because children run quickly throughout the playground area, broken or fractured bones are at the top of the common playground injuries list. The forearm and wrist are the most common fractures in children.
- Dislocations: Caused by falls and hard impacts, dislocations are a major risk for children at the playground. If your child runs into another child, piece of equipment or even something like a tree, he or she could easily suffer a dislocated joint.
To avoid playground-related injuries, it’s important your child knows the best practices when at the playground, whether in your backyard or at a public park. Be sure your child knows that he or she should only run in wide, open spaces where there is little risk of running into something or someone. Also, children should not hang from high equipment, such as monkey bars, without adult supervision. Finally, it’s smart to walk with your child around the playground if possible to ensure he or she knows each piece of equipment and if there are any unexpected nooks or crannies.
If your child has suffered a playground-related injury and needs medical attention, visit Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care. At Dallas-based Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care, we provide quick, efficient service so you can avoid the typical hassle of a doctor’s visit.
Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.