Is your kid on acid, or just really into his spiderman pajamas? Authors of an important new study in the Archives of Disease in Childhood want to know:
Five cases of serious injuries to children wearing superhero costumes, involving extreme risk-taking behaviour, are presented here. Although children have always displayed behaviour seemingly unwise to the adult eye, the advent of superhero role models can give unrealistic expectations to the child, which may lead to serious injury.The children we saw have all had to contemplate on their way to hospital that they do not in fact possess superpowers.
The authors recommend that parents lock windows and doors before permitting the distribution of superhero garb.
Via Blog, MD.
Nick Gillespie's classic meditation on "child-proofing the world" is here.