The other day Zoe and my niece were outside swinging on the swing set like they do every morning and afternoon.
As a worried mom, I’m constantly telling them to be careful and to not jump off. I tell them not to jump off because I fear they will break their ankles or wrists. We all jumped off and had fun, so why can’t they? I just don’t want them hurt but you know how well seven and eight year old children listen.
My niece jumped off the swing and as Zoe swung forward the seat of the swing my niece had jumped off wacked Zoe in her forehead. Oh the blood. I wanted to cry. It was all over Zoe’s face, hair, in her eyes, running down her chin; it was frightening.
I picked her up and rushed her inside to clean her up and to get her to calm down. The gash in her head was pretty deep
I knew a visit to the ER was going to happen, but like I said I was trying to calm her down as I didn’t want her to pass out on the way to the hospital. This was Zoe’s first major wound that involved bleeding so she was hysterical, continually asking me if I could see her brain HA!
We were seen fairly quickly. They cleaned her up and applied pressure so the bleeding would stop. They told us because the cut was such a clean cut and they were able to get the bleeding to stop, they would be able to glue her up.
She’s crying here as she said about 45 seconds after the glue was applied that it stung. The ER doctor verified that it does sting.
We are a week out and it is looking good. Her pediatrician said there probably wouldn’t be much of a scar and this is rare but a major safety issue with jumping off swings.
So if you think broken bones is all that can happen from jumping off swings, think again.