Mum's graphic warning about park slides

Trevor BaileyJun 29, 2018

Clare, 35, had taken Meadow's twin brother, Matthew, down the slide first that day before putting Meadow in her lap for a ride.

Clare took her daughter to the hospital, where she learned her leg had been broken. "When [my daughter] Meadow was 12 months old I went down the slide with her on my lap and her foot got caught between me and the slide".

Going down a slide with your toddler seems innocent enough.

Writing on Facebook alongside a graphic picture of the moment it happened, Heather Clare explained: 'So every year I do a PSA (public service announcement) on going down a slide with your child on your lap.

The mum posted the horrifying image to her Facebook page alongside an important warning to other parents.

After placing Meadow on her lap, the two went down the same slide, Heather noticed halfway down the slide that Meadow's foot was caught between herself and the slide.

Here's one with a touch of personal experience, and after reading it (and looking closely at the picture), you'll never jump on a slide with a child on your lap again.

The Independent reports a study's finding revealing that "an estimated 352,698 children under the age of 6 were injured on slides in the United States between 2002 and 2015, and many of those injuries were leg fractures".

For the last three years, Heather Clare has been trying to warn parents about a completely avoidable injury that many are unaware of.

It was there that Clare learned just how prevalent slide injuries are. "And in most cases, I have seen, the parents had no idea that doing so could possibly give their child such a significant injury".

So parents, by all means take your kids to the park, but as Heather said, "There is no SAFE way to go down a slide with your little one".

'I strongly feel every playground should have a warning sign, but since I've never seen one (and we go to ALOT of playgrounds), I share this picture every year in hopes that the pain Meadow felt and the guilt that I still feel will save other babies and parents from the same. Just like Meadow's had. "Really, the safest way is for a child to go down alone". She is fine now, but has to see a doctor once a year to make sure her legs are growing at the same rate. I did blame myself.

"I knew it would open me up to negative comments", she says, including people who pointed out that she wasn't holding her daughter properly. What's more, these injuries are less likely to occur if the child is sliding down unaccompanied, because they don't have the extra weight of another person behind them that's pushing their momentum forward.

"Many parents and caregivers go down a slide with a young child on their lap without giving it a second thought", he wrote.

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