Mom Reminds Us It's Super Dangerous To Go Down Slides With Kids

Lynette PayneJun 29, 2018

What at first glance appears to be a playful family photo has actually captured the moment Meadow Clare's leg is bent the wrong way as she makes her way down the slide on the lap of her mum in a NY playground.

Every now and then a warning does the rounds about one of the most common playground injuries in young children. But when she did the same with her daughter Meadow, the little girl's foot got stuck between her mother and the side of the slide.

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.

When they reached the bottom of the slide, Meadow was crying - a cry unlike any Clare had heard from the child before.

"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. "And in most cases, I have seen, the parents had no idea that doing so could possibly give their child such a significant injury". "I thought everyone took their kids down the slide".

Clare says Meadow was fortunate.

According to a 2017 study by the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 350,000 children who were less than six years of age were injured on slides in the United States from 2002 to 2015. In the picture, Meadow's right leg is trapped between the slide and Heather and it was twisted in the opposite direction.

Heather adds that for similar reasons "it's [also] unsafe for children to ride with other children or older siblings".

"She was in a cast for four weeks", she says.

She's just glad the word is getting out. "Not even her twin brother". The accident took place three days after Meadow took her first steps.

During Meadow's recovery, both the emergency room and orthopedic doctors told Clare that slide-related injuries are surprisingly common. "So far, her legs have been ok and they are the same length, but that is a potential issue with this injury".

"Many parents and caregivers go down a slide with a young child on their lap without giving it a second thought", he wrote. "They often say they would never have done it had they known".

That's exactly why Heather has been trying to raise awareness on social media.

The photo shows the child riding down a slide in her mother's lap. "And hold them underneath the armpits so that you can control their speed and so they don't have limbs falling".

"I don't want anybody to be hurt or have the guilt I had, that I still have", she said.

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.

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