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Mom warns about dangers of playgrounds after daughter breaks leg on slide

Mom warns about dangers of playgrounds after daughter breaks leg on slide

"When 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", Heather Clare wrote alongside a photo that captured the painful moment her daughter was injured.

"I was trying to stop us from sliding down [she can be seen grasping the side of the slide with her left hand] but I couldn't".

Heather Clare's daughter broke her leg as she played on a slide with her mom. "She's still smiling. because it was happening at this exact moment", Heather Clare said in her post, which quickly went viral.

Clare and her husband rushed Meadow to the emergency room, where they learned Meadow had broken both the tibia and fibula in her right leg.

"When we went to the ER, the super empathetic doctor lectured me on how common this injury is", she said. I had no idea. "I thought everyone took their kids down the slide", Heather told WFLA.com.

Meadow is now 3 and has made a full recovery since that frightening day at Heckscher Park in Huntington, New York, in 2015. 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.

A mother has shared a picture of the moment that her daughter's leg broke as a warning to others about the dangers of going down a slide with their child.

The photo shows the child riding down a slide in her mother's lap.

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

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

Meadow, who was one year old at the time, had to wear a cast for four weeks. "Some parents have shared their stories of this happening to their children", she said. "Not even her twin brother".

Moving forward, Heather says that Meadow will be required to have annual visits with the orthopedic doctor to monitor her leg growth.

The doctor said it was a common playground injury.

In a press release, Charles Jennissen, MD, and Clinical Professor and Pediatric Emergency Medicine Staff Physician at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, warned that parents simply don't know how risky going down the slide with their kids can be. I would like to see specific slide safety sign saying not to go down a slide with child in any way'. "They often say they would have never done it had they known". Instead, she decides to share the image of her daughter every year to raise awareness on social media.

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. "They really advise one person at a time down a slide". "I thought I was helping my child by going down with them".


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