In the United States alone, a child is injured by falling from a high chair every hour. Parents can be overprotective with their children when it comes to playing outside, but hidden dangers can also be found in seemingly safe places for children, such as playgrounds or even at home.
Craft Side has put together a list of all the things that may seem safe, but that can actually be a potential danger to your child. Given that our precious children need our supervision 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, this list will provide information on other things you should be careful to protect your little ones.
#1. Let them play dangerous sports.
There are numerous advantages for children who play sports, but there is also a specific list of high-impact sports that can be potentially dangerous for them.
The “big six” that should be avoided, as forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu advises, are football, ice hockey, mixed martial arts, boxing, wrestling, and rugby.
During these sports, a child receives several blows to the head that run the risk of being exposed to brain damage, according to neuroscientists.
In addition, high-impact activities can cause significant spinal compression and hyperextension of the back, which can cause serious injury. Repeated participation in these sports can aggravate scoliosis over time.
You should avoid squats, lift weights over your head, land with difficulty, as in the crowd, and run long distances.
#2. Let them sit in the W position
The W position is a very common way for children to choose to sit when they play on the floor, especially because they find it comfortable. However, it is probably the most dangerous position for children to adopt and doctors advise parents to discourage their children from sitting like this.
In addition, osteopath Avni Trivedi said during an interview that this position has become “a new health epidemic” that can greatly affect the child’s development in the joints of the legs and hip bones, weaken the muscles of the trunk and exert pressure. Extra back, neck and shoulders.
#3. Give them tablets (especially toddlers)
Children spend more and more time in front of the screens, especially their new favorite toy, the tablet. Doctors warn parents to reduce “screen time” as much as possible due to blue light, a part of the harmful light emitted by these screens.
Common symptoms of blue light overexposure are headaches, neck and shoulder pain, dry or irritated eyes, but also psychological symptoms such as reduced attention, poor behavior, and irritability. It can also affect the sleep and wake cycle, making them feel tired and exhausted.
#4. Letting them go down the slide on your lap
Most parents think that when they are in the park with their children, it is safer to slide the slide with their child in their lap. In fact, this is an extremely hidden danger from the playground that can cause fractures in children’s legs.
As pediatrician Dr. Diane Arnaout explains, the weight of the parents pushes everything down at a higher speed, so that any part of the child’s shoe or arm falls off the slide, the leg or arm can be twisted and broken.
#5. Play the game Chubby Bunny with your children
Chubby Bunny is a very popular challenge that children often have with their parents, where they have to put an increasing number of marshmallows in their mouths while saying the phrase “chubby bunny” as clearly as possible.
Although children find it more fun and tasty when they eat their favorite dessert after the game ends, this is a dangerous challenge and there have been several shocking incidents.
#6. Standing in chairs
This is one of the most common reasons for injuries to children, especially among young children. Children are unstoppable and generally want to climb everything, including chairs. Falling from high chairs, in particular, is the leading cause of head injuries and concussions.
Only in the USA In the US, a child is injured by a high chair every hour. That is why specialists advise parents to lock their children in food chairs, do not allow them to get up, and also supervise them always because there is always the possibility that the child leaves the table and tilts the chair.
#7. Playing on the dirt
Children like to get dirty playing outdoors. What should be carefully considered is where they play, because digging and playing with dirt can be extremely harmful to children. The main cause is lead and its dangerous effects on our health.
Although lead paint in homes has been banned, there are still places with peeling paint, such as barns, garages, and old houses. Children may be exposed to this from the bare ground as the lead was found in yards near these places. Lead itself is a poisonous metal that can cause brain damage and problems for life.
#8. Jump on trampolines
Many parents have installed trampolines, large and small, in their backyards and their children love them. This seemingly funny and innocent jumping device can be very harmful to children.
According to the instructions of the American Academy of Pediatrics, trampolines should not be at home with children. This is because the injuries caused by jumping on them occur very frequently and include broken bones, head injuries such as concussions and more serious injuries that can cause permanent brain damage and even death.
#9. Mowing the loan with them
Both the pusher and the lawnmower are heavy and extremely dangerous machines and can easily damage a small child who will probably want to approach and see how it works.
In cases where children fall from their father’s lap and are injured, children trapped under heavy machinery and eye injuries through the cut grass, this is not something you want your child to have nearby.
According to HealthyChildren.org, in the United States alone “more than 9,000 children go to the emergency room for mower-related injuries each year.” Children should remain indoors as a precaution and ensure that neighborhood children are not very close or
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#10. Climbing on outside equipment
Playgrounds are a favorite destination for children and parents. However, continuous supervision is required for children to return home safely.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 200,000 cases of children injured in the playground, some of which are fatal, end up in the emergency room every year in the United States alone.
Most of them are caused by climbing. Although it sounds fun and athletic, climbing is one of the most common causes of falls and serious injuries.
#11. Cycling without a helmet
Not surprisingly, cycling is a favorite activity for children, as it provides a sense of independence, freedom, and fun, just what they want. However, cycling can be dangerous when driving irresponsibly, especially for children.
What applies to adults, of course, also applies to children. Wearing a helmet is the number one safety rule, as it protects your head in the event of a fall. Using one can prevent brain damage and serious trauma.
It is also important to never let your child walk without supervision. Cycling can be a great activity for the family; so be a good example and travel with them with the helmet.
We hope that this selection of possible dangers will help you and your children to have a safer daily life. Are you an overprotective father? What was the most dangerous adventure you had when you were a child? Tell us your stories in the comments.
Illustrated by Ekaterina Gapanovich and Alena Sofronova for BrightSide.me