Mum shares sickening photo to warn of common playground mistake

Henrietta Strickland
June 28, 2018

Heather Clare, 35, from NY, shared a photo of the moment her daughter Meadow's leg broke, showing her foot contorting away from her body.

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. "There is no safe way to go down a slide with your little one".

"The doctor told us that it's one of the top-three injuries he sees in the spring and summer months, along with trampoline and pool injuries", she says.

"This picture is the moment her leg was breaking", wrote Clare on Facebook. "She's still smiling... because it was happening at this exact moment", Heather Clare wrote in a Facebook warning to all parents.

"Many parents and caregivers go down a slide with a young child on their lap without giving it a second thought", lead researcher Dr. Charles Jennissen, said in a statement.

She told MailOnline: 'I always see parents riding down the slide with their children at the playground.

"When we got down to the bottom of the slide, she was crying bad", Clare recalls of the injury, which occurred just three days after Meadow took her first steps. She was centered on my lap. It was awful, especially feeling like I put her in that position. "They really advise one person at a time down a slide".

Heather Clare's daughter broke her leg as she played on a slide with her mom. "This year, a recent conversation with other mom's inspired me to do so publicly".

"Most responses have been positive". She says she had no idea, and is sure many other parents are unaware of the hidden danger as well.

In a study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics, researchers found that almost 352,700 children under the age of six were injured on slides in the USA between the years 2002 to 2015.

During Meadow's recovery, both the emergency room and orthopedic doctors told Clare that slide-related injuries are surprisingly common.

She is not only pleading with parents, but local councils around the world, to provide warnings about the dangers of sliding with young children. "And in most cases I have seen, the parents had no idea that doing so could possibly give their child such a significant injury". "They often say they would never have done it had they known".

"People say they hold their child's limbs in or tuck their legs in between theirs".

In September 2015, Heather Clare and her twins, Meadow and Matthew, were at the Heckscher Park in Huntington, New York for a day of enjoyment and fun.

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