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

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

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

Clare took her daughter to the hospital, where she learned her leg had been broken.

Clare shared the picture as a warning to other parents and it's since been shared nearly 100,000 times, including by a fire department here in West Michigan. In addition to speaking out about the dangers of riding down slides with kids, Clare is working on making sure playground safety signs mention this all too common occurrence. It could even seem like a safer option than letting them ride alone. "She is still smiling. because it was happening at this exact moment".

The mum posted the horrifying image to her Facebook page alongside an important warning to other parents.

The photo shows the child riding down a slide in her mother's lap. "They really advise one person at a time down a slide". Heather Clare, of Long Island, was at the park with her then 12-month-old twins and was taking them down a plastic slide.

In the photo, you can see the moment little 1-year-old Meadow's leg begins to break as she slides down on her mum's lap.

It was there that Clare learned just how prevalent slide injuries are.

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

From 2002-15, there were 350,000 children under the age of five who were injured on slides, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Meadow was 12 months old at the time.

She said: 'So every year I do a PSA on going down a slide with your child on your lap. Just like Meadow's had. "There is no SAFE way to go down a slide with your little", she wrote.

"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 had been shared more than 90,000 times and received over 16,000 comments at the time of writing.

Meadow has since made a full recovery. I did blame myself. "I didn't know this but after it happened to my daughter, I did a lot of research on it".

"I'm happy that I shared it because I feel that I've been able to reach so many more people".

"And in most cases I have seen, the parents had no idea that doing so could possibly give their child such a significant injury". Parents from across the world are thanking Heather for raising awareness as many, like her, were unaware something like this could happen.

While there was a concern the injury could cause Meadow's leg to grow shorter than her uninjured one, nearly three years after the incident, she has made a full recovery. "Some parents have shared their stories of this happening to their children", she said.

"The weight of the adult doesn't allow for the child to stop on the slide", she explains.