Published: Fri, June 29, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Seemingly innocent photo shows moment toddler gets injured

Seemingly innocent photo shows moment toddler gets injured

She continued: 'This picture is the moment her leg was breaking.

Meadow had broken her right leg's tibia and fibula.

A photo went viral on Facebook this week, after Heather Clare, mother of two, shared her experience while at a NY park in 2015. She says she immediately shared the pic (snapped by her husband) after the incident in 2015 and has re-posted it yearly to help inform parents. Clare made a decision to take the kids down the slide on her lap.

Here's one with a touch of personal experience, and after reading it (and looking closely at the picture), you'll never jump on a slide with a child on your lap again.

"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".

After Clare rushed to the emergency room, she was surprised to learn that the injury was more common than one thinks when it comes to public playground accidents.

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

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

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A 2015 study found more than 352,000 children under the age of six were injured on slides in the United States between 2002 and 2015, with a large percentage of those injuries leg fractures. The highest percentage of those injuries occurred in toddlers ages 12 to 23 months old.

Dr. John Torres told TODAY that the safest way for a child to go down a slide with their parent is not in their parent's lap. Just like Meadow's had.

Ultimately, Heather concludes the safest way for a child to go down a slide is alone, "if they are too young to do so, then they shouldn't ride the slide yet".

"Instead, the parent wants to stand next to the slide, hold the child on there about halfway up, and let the child go down while you're guarding them", said Torres. The post has gained national attention and been shared over 90,000 times. I did blame myself.

"I encourage parents to really know the area, know the slide, know the playground and see what is age appropriate", said Hoekstra. It was awful, especially feeling like I put her in that position.

"Many parents believe they are increasing the safety of their young child by placing the child on their lap while going down a playground slide", according to a 2009 study published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Ms Clare said there were initial concerns over how the injury would heal, and if one of Meadow's legs would be shorter than the other. "Some parents have shared their stories of this happening to their children", she said. I had never heard her cry like that before. "Not even her twin brother".

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