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

Mom Reminds Us It's Super Dangerous To Go Down Slides With Kids

Mom Reminds Us It's Super Dangerous To Go Down Slides With Kids

"I thought everyone took their kids down the slide", Clare wrote. "We tend to recover from those".

She also suggests using "two slides, side by side, where you can ride next to your child but you are on a different slide than them".

Clare told PEOPLE that Meadow suffered a fractured tibia and fibula in her right leg, and had to spend four weeks in a pink cast.

But in a conversation last week at her mom group, she told Meadow's story and most of the mothers were surprised to learn about the potential consequences of going down a slide with a child in their lap.

Clare related what happened when she took her twins, Meadow and Matthew, who were then one year old, to enjoy some time at the playground. "And in most cases, I have seen, the parents had no idea that doing so could possibly give their child such a significant injury".

The Independent reports a study's finding revealing that "an estimated 352,698 children under the age of 6 were injured on slides in the United States between 2002 and 2015, and many of those injuries were leg fractures". She said she took steps to make sure the children's legs were tucked safely in her lap. There is no SAFE way to go down a slide with your little. When I realized what was happening, I used my top hand to try to stop us and leaned to release her foot.

"I went down the slide with her on my lap and her foot got caught between me and the slide", she said.

The photo was captured in September 2015 when her daughter Meadow had recently turned a year old, Clare said.

"It was awful, especially feeling like I put her in that position", Clare told PEOPLE. "This year, a recent conversation with other mom's inspired me to do so publicly".

Clare said she is shocked by the reaction to the photo - most of it has been positive. That said, she does proceed with caution.

Clare's doctor wasn't wrong.

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 USA from 2002 to 2015, toddlers ages 12 to 23 months had especially high rates of injury.

"Many parents and caregivers go down a slide with a young child on their lap without giving it a second thought", explains Charles Jennissen, MD, Clinical Professor and Pediatric Emergency Medicine Staff Physician, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. "They often say they would have never done it had they known".

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

This article has been updated with comment from Heather Clare.

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