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Health Tip: Teach Kids Playground Safety

Health Tip: Teach Kids Playground Safety

10/12/10

(HealthDay News) -- The playground is a place for fun and a good time, but your kids can get hurt if they don't practice basic playground safety.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these suggestions:

  • Children should only play on the playground when equipment is dry, and while wearing sturdy, well-fitted shoes.
  • When playing on a slide, children should slide down one at a time, and always feet first. Move away from the slide as soon as they reach the bottom.
  • Kids should grab onto hand rails for support, and take care when climbing stairs.
  • Children should be cautious around swings to avoid getting hit, and never stand up while swinging. Wait until the swing stops before getting off.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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