BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Playground dangers. The CDC says the number of children sustaining brain injuries at the playground is up. So what can you do to keep your kids safe?

Meghan McCorkell spoke with the experts.

We’ve heard about the increase of concussions on the sports fields, but the CDC warns that’s not the only place children are getting hurt.

It was a perfect day in the park for Shaqille Johnson and his two young sons. And wherever the kids go, he is always right there.

“Stay within a couple feet of them, just in case one of them does fall,” he said.

That’s what the CDC recommends as playground-related brain injuries are on the rise.

“Injury to the brain at a younger age can have more impact,” said Dr. Stacey Suskauer, Kennedy Krieger Institute.

According to the study in 2001, 18,000 children under the age of 14 were treated with concussion and head injuries in the ER. In 2013, that number was up to 29,000.

Dr. Stacey Suskauer, director of brain injury rehabilitation programs at Kennedy Krieger Institute, says if your child falls, be on the lookout for symptoms.

“If there’s any concerns about behavior changes, sleep changes, any pain and more emotionality, then get them checked out,” she said.

Researchers say the top three pieces of equipment where children are likely to get injured are monkey bars, climbing equipment and the swings.

That’s why Annette Ambush has a constant eye on her daughter.

“When the smaller kids are outside and the older kids are here, they want to repeat and do the same thing. That’s what my daughter’s doing now. She’s trying to climb on stuff she’s never climbed on before,” Ambush said.

A careful watch to keep children safe.

Researchers say the highest number of injuries are seen in April, May and September.

Officials suggest parents check out the surface under the playground to make sure it’s soft enough in case a child falls.


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