Mom shares harrowing photo to warn parents about dangers of playground slides

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

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

The doctor said it was a common playground injury.

"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". If they are too young to go down alone, they shouldn't go down yet.

"When I realized what was happening, I used my top hand to try to stop us and leaned to release her foot", Clare wrote on Facebook on Monday in a post that has now been shared about 83,000 times.

In a Facebook post, Clare recounted a time in 2015 when she took her then 12-month-old twins Meadow and Matthew to the park. After placing Matthew on her lap and taking him down one of the park's almost 10-foot-long slides, Clare gathered up Meadow and took her down next - and that's when things went horribly wrong. After having no issues riding with Matthew, she picked up Meadow. She was centered on my lap.

Some experts advise to tuck the child's legs between yours when going down a slide, but Clare believes there's no safe way for a child to ride in his or her parent's lap.

When they reached the emergency room, a doctor informed her the injury was common for small children.

It was there that Clare learned just how prevalent slide injuries are. I had no idea.

Heather Clare, a mother of three from NY, issued a warning on Sunday, June 24: Riding down slides with kids is risky. 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.

Slide injuries happen often, especially to toddlers.

. A 2017 study published in the journal the American Academy of Pediatrics showed over 350,000 children younger than six years old were injured by going down a slide in the USA between 2002 and 2015. Parents and loved ones do it every day while they're playing at the park with kids - sitting the child in their lap and going down a slide. Just like Meadow's had.

She says many playgrounds do not have signs warning of the danger, which has been documented in government studies. She went down an nearly 10-foot-long slide with Matthew on her lap first.

Clare shares the photo on Facebook every year in hopes that parents will see it and make a safer choice.


The now 3-year-old even goes down slides. I did blame myself.

'For everyone commenting on how I am holding my daughter. More than 20,000 of these children are treated for a traumatic brain injury (TBI) - including concussion.

Dr. Charles Jennissen, clinical professor and pediatric emergency medicine staff physician at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine who lead the study, said in a statement at the time: "Many parents and caregivers go down a slide with a young child on their lap without giving it a second thought".

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