(NBC) - During the summer months, kids spend a lot of time on the playground - either at the local park, at camp, or at daycare - but ER doctors are seeing a lot of those children too.
Six-year-old Nicklas White started his summer with a bit of a bummer.
"Nicklas got hurt on the monkey bars at school," said father Michael White. "I asked him to make a fist, which he could not, and, so I knew right away that it was a more significant injury."
Doctor Kelly Levasseur treats lots of playground injuries in the ER. She says the monkey bars are the number one culprit.
Levasseur says picking playgrounds with age-appropriate equipment is key.
The ground covering is also important. Rubber or lots of woodchips can help cushion a fall.
Avoid playgrounds that have poorly maintained equipment - including rusty bolts or sharp edges.
Close supervision can prevent lots of injuries, but many caregivers are making a critical mistake.
Nicklas has taken his broken arm in stride.
Dad Michael says you can't protect kids from everything, but the injury has made him and his wife think twice.
Another common playground injury occurs when parents make the mistake of going down a slide with a small child on their lap.
Your child is much more likely to get hurt on your lap than on their own.
If they're scared, just save the slide for when they're a little bigger and braver.