A WORRIED mum has warned parents about the dangers of letting kids play on swings.
Sharing the shocking images of her son to Facebook, Rebecca, revealed how the “extreme pressure” from the force and motion of spinning around on a swing had caused blood to pool in his head leading him to complain his “brain hurt”.
In the now-viral post – which has received thousands of ‘likes’ – she explained that her little boy had been playing around on a dream catcher-style swing, which moves in circles rather than back and forth, in a playground.
“Just so parents are aware of what could happen when your child spins way too fast for way too long on a swing with their head leaned back/hanging off,” she wrote.
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“Our son loves to spin around, he’s a bit of a thrill seeker (you know how boys can be).
“Yesterday he was playing with a group of other kids outside running around the yard and on the playground equipment.
“He got on the swing and told the other kids to spin him around (like he does a lot), you know the famous line, ‘faster, higher, spin me faster’.”
Rebecca revealed she had been inside at the time, and first heard something was wrong when he came to her with his friends to reveal he had felt unwell and needed to get off the swing, and passed out for a few minutes.
“He said he had trouble breathing and his ‘brain hurt’,” the mum explained, adding that she could see the entire top of his head had turned into a large red ‘bruise’.
She took him to hospital to check for possible brain injury, despite him not having hit is head.
“The doctors and nurses were puzzled and thought he spray painted his head because they have not seen this type of presentation of blood bruising before,” she continued.
“They were very quick to examine his head, eyes and inner ears and sent him for a C.T.
“Praise God it came back normal, no internal injuries or brain swelling.”
What had happened was the force and motion of the swing had caused blood to collect in his head.
“As he spun faster and faster with his head back, the centrifugal force/pressure forced blood to rush to the top of his head causing blood to immediate pool/bruise, (which looked like his head was spray painted or burned),” his mum added.
“Plus the blood vessels in his eyes and eye lids burst from the extreme pressure.”
The woman said: “We will be very cautious about spinning excessively from now on.”
Warning to others
She warned other parents to be aware, but not stop their kids playing on dream catcher-style swings and other equipment like traditional swings and a roundabout.
“So, not trying to cause fear or say stop letting your kids spin and have fun, but just food for thought to be careful of excessive spinning under these circumstances,” she advised.
Her warning has attracted 11,000 shares and thousands of comments.
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