My three sisters and I are all very close, and as a result we were best friends and mortal enemies throughout our childhood. As kids do, there are been numerous occasions when one hurt another out of silliness or temper, and most often carelessness. Being the oldest, I was often the perpetrator rather than the victim. My ‘baby’ sister was born when I was 4 1/2 (yes, you read that right – my mom had 4 kids under 5!).
Unfortunately for her, she bore the brunt of many of my childish behavior, especially when she was about 5 or 6. There was the summer I told her I’d catch her if she fell off a ladder – and didn’t. Poor kiddo broke her arm and couldn’t go swimming for weeks without a bag on her arm. Then there was the time that we were sledding and seeing danger ahead, I bailed off the sled but didn’t pull her with me. She ended up with stitches in her chin.
And then there was the time that I shut her fingers in the door. We were at our grandparents (where the broken arm occurred, as it were). She was running after me, for some forgotten reason, and to escape, I quickly ducked into a bedroom and slammed the door. With her fingers in it. I was in big trouble. She was in pain. Like all of our mishaps, it wasn’t a good situation.
Did you know that a study published by the American College of Emergency Physicians states that children younger than 5 years had the highest rate of finger amputations treated in hospital emergency rooms? My sister is lucky to still have all her fingers, but it’s not always the case. Nearly 75% of these resulted from their finger(s) getting caught, jammed, or crushed in a doorway during the opening or closing of a door.
Recently, I was sent the Pinch Not Safety Bumper to review. This little device is easy to install – there are no screws. It just slips onto the door and stops it from being shut completely. When you do want it to close tight, you flip the bumper to the ‘off’ position and you’re good to go. It’s inexpensive too, so you don’t have to spend a fortune!
As a parent with two young children now, I cringe at the thought of the pain my little sister endured because of my carelessness. As kids, we don’t fully understand the consequences of our actions. But as parents, we can protect them from some things, and pinched fingers is one of them.
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Disclosure: I was sent the Pinch Not Safety Bumper to review at no charge, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.