Heather Clare, a mother of three from New York, issued a warning on Sunday, June 24: Riding down slides with kids is dangerous. To prove her point, Clare, 35, shared a photo of herself and daughter Meadow, then 12 months old, at a playground in September 2015.
In her Facebook post Heather writes "So every year I do a PSA on going down a slide with your child on your lap. When Meadow was 12 months old (I went down with Matthew first, but he was lucky) , I went down the slide with her on my lap and her foot got caught between me and the slide. This picture is the moment her leg was breaking. She’s still smiling... because it was happening at this exact moment. When we went to the ER, the super empathetic 🙄 doctor lectured me on how common this injury is. I had no idea. I thought everyone took their kids down the slide. 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. Don’t ever go down a slide with a baby on your lap. There is no SAFE way to go down a slide with your little. "
Clare, a school psychologist, told Us that whenever she sees a parent whizzing down a slide with their child, she intervenes. “I explain what happened to us and sometimes show them the picture if I have my phone with me,” she revealed. “Everyone is shocked to hear how common it is.”
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WARNING: The photo showing the injury is below