(HealthDay News) -- Ice skating is a winter ritual for many children in colder climates, but unless precautions are taken it can be fraught with the possibility of injury.
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The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these ice skating safety guidelines:
- Never allow children to skate on any surface that is not approved for skating. It may not be safe. Call local officials to find out where skating is allowed.
- Make sure your child skates in the same direction as the crowd, not against it.
- Don't allow children to dart across the ice in front of other skaters.
- Never allow children to skate alone, or when they're chewing gum or eating candy.
- Encourage your child to wear a helmet while skating.
-- Diana Kohnle
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