Mom Heather Clare Warns Parents About Slide Safety


"Parents should be educated not to go down a slide with a child on their lap".

The mum was unaware the risk she had taken until speaking to doctors in the hospital emergency room. "I thought everyone took their kids down the slide", Clare wrote. The post has gained national attention and been shared over 90,000 times. 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.

'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. The otherwise happy snap shows Meadow's foot caught between her mom and the slide, and twisting back into a risky position. I had no idea.

According to a study presented at the Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition in Chicago in 2017, researchers found that out of the 350,000 children younger than 6 years of age who were injured on slides in the US from 2002 to 2015, toddlers ages 12 to 23 months had especially high rates of injury.

As the now viral picture posted by Clare to her Facebook account shows, Meadow's right leg became trapped between the slide, twisting it in the opposite direction.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, every year emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground injuries.

"They both advised us that there really is no safe way to go down the slide with your child in your lap", Clare told People.

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

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"I am hard enough on myself for it".

'For everyone commenting on how I am holding my daughter.

"It was awful, especially feeling like I put her in that position", Clare told PEOPLE.

Meadow will turn 4 years old in September, and is fully healed. She said the majority of people have been thankful for the awareness.

Doctors say injuries from slides and monkey bars are the most common and they see a lot of broken arms and legs because of it. "Some parents have shared their stories of this happening to their children", she said.

"[Meadow] is aware of what happened to her though and will not go down the slide with anyone else", she said. "She even taught herself how to walk on it with a push walker".

Jennissen researched slide accidents and found that the most common injury that kids receive are fractured legs and that most of those are caused when a kid is sitting on a parent's lap while riding down the slide.