Babies + slides + grown-ups: A bad mix.

Who would have thought that giving your child the safety of your lap on a playground slide could result in a broken leg? When you look at the physics, it makes sense. The child’s foot “sticks” to the slide. Then the adult’s weight and gravity carry the child forward. The result:  nearly 14% of pediatric leg fractures can be attributed to toddlers riding down a slide on the lap of an adult.

Children younger than 18 months are at the highest risk for these fractures. Dr. Ed Holt, orthopedic surgeon at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Maryland, posted a very helpful video on YouTube explaining how to avoid these highly preventable fractures in young children.

Read the full New York Times article.