Heather Clare shared the moment her little daughter, Meadow, broke her leg as a warning to other parents. "She's still smiling... because it was happening at this exact moment", Heather Clare wrote in a Facebook warning to all parents.
Clare, whose daughter was in a cast for five weeks, tells Scary Mommy: "I think the most important thing is that there isn't a truly safe way for more than one person to go down a slide". "It was awful, especially feeling like I put her in that position".
What most don't notice is the way Meadow's foot is caught on the side between her mom and the slide, causing her tibia and fibula to snap.
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.
Heather explains that the doctor in the emergency department lectured her on how common the injury is. "And in most cases, I have seen, the parents had no idea that doing so could possibly give their child such a significant injury. I thought everyone took their kids down the slide", she says.
"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", Clare said in her Facebook post. A 2017 study published in the journal the American Academy of Pediatrics showed over 350,000 children younger than six years old were injured by going down a slide in the us between 2002 and 2015.
She put Matthew on her lap and went down the slide just fine, without incident. Just like Meadow's had. There is no SAFE way to go down a slide with your little. They also say you shouldn't let your kids wear hooded sweatshirts with the loose strings because those often can get caught in the equipment.
The post has garnered some 88,000 shares and more than 10,000 reactions on Facebook since June 24. She has since made a full recovery. I did blame myself.
Clare - a school psychologist who lives on Long Island, New York - has shared the photo privately before but chose to go public after realizing more people needed to hear her message.
The doctor said it was a common playground injury.
"Many parents and caregivers go down a slide with a young child on their lap without giving it a second thought", he wrote. She said the majority of people have been thankful for the awareness.
Meadow will be 4 in September.
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. That said, she does proceed with caution.
"When we got down to the bottom of the slide, she was crying badly". "Not even her twin brother".