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Play it Safe on the Playground: Sliding Dangerously

I love to take my toddler to the playground.  We all get some fresh air while he runs around like a wild man (and, if I'm lucky, he gets worn out so he'll take an extra long nap that day).

Some playgrounds have super steep slides that seem a little too fast for him, though.  The solution, I thought, was to climb up on there myself and slide with him (sitting him on my lap).  That way I'm there to make sure he doesn't get scared or fall off the end of the slide too fast, etc.  Problem solved, right?  Wrong!  

I just learned about "Sliding Board Fractures" and I want to get the word out to all of you!

Over the last few years, pediatric orthopedists around the country have noted a growing number of toddlers with broken legs (fractured tibias to be exact) and one guy, Dr. John Gaffney in NY started reviewing these kids' medical records to try to pinpoint the problem.  He discovered that many of them had been sliding on an adult or older child's lap when the fracture occurred. 

 "If a toddler is riding by himself and gets his leg stuck against the side of the slide, he can stop himself pretty easily," Dr. Gaffney explained to MSNBC. "But with the parent's weight added in, you've got greater velocity and momentum and it's

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