Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

Mum shares sickening photo to warn of common playground mistake

Mum shares sickening photo to warn of common playground mistake

"I don't think anybody - most parents aren't aware of this".

Clare said Meadow's foot got caught between her mom and the slide.

Every spring, Heather Clare, a psychologist and mother-of-three in NY, posts a picture dating back to September 2015 to her Facebook page that's meant to serve as a warning to parents about the dangers of slides. "She's still smiling... because it was happening at this exact moment", she said.

The one-year-old fractured the tibia and fibula in her right leg, and the tot spent the next four weeks in a cast, Clare told People. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, "an estimated 352, 698 children less than 6 years of age were injured on slide in the United States from 2002 through 2015, and many of those injuries were leg fractures". The size and weight of the adult plays a large part in the potential of injury, per the paper that was presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference past year. "The weight of an adult or a sibling behind that younger child on the slide can be just enough to continue propelling them even if their foot or leg happens to get caught on the slide".

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She told MailOnline: 'I always see parents riding down the slide with their children at the playground. It was bad, especially feeling like I put her in that position. "Everyone is shocked to hear how common it is".

Heather Clare, a mom of three from Huntington, New York, found this out the hard way, sadly - and she is now sharing a frightening event that happened back in September of 2015, in a new Facebook post that has gone viral.

Meadow Clare had to do physical therapy for six months after breaking her leg. "I had no idea", Clare wrote in the Facebook post.

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. "They really advise one person at a time down a slide". More than 20,000 of these children are treated for a traumatic brain injury (TBI) - including concussion. "They often say they would have never done it had they known".

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Dr. Charles Jennissen, clinical professor and pediatric emergency medicine staff physician at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine who lead the study, said in a statement at the time: "Many parents and caregivers go down a slide with a young child on their lap without giving it a second thought".

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

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

"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.

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