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Why you should never go down a slide with your child

Why you should never go down a slide with your child

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. It could even seem like a safer option than letting them ride alone. Clare chose to take the kids down the slide on her lap.

The mother of three has posted a photo of the alarming moment on Facebook to alert parents to the potential danger of riding with a child down a slide.

"She was originally sitting centred on my lap, but then I noticed that her foot was getting caught", Clare tells Global News.

"This picture is the moment her leg was breaking", wrote Clare on Facebook.

Doctors say playground injuries are one of the top three most common things kids come into the emergency room for in the summer months.

It was there that Clare learned just how prevalent slide injuries are. I had no idea. "I thought everyone took their kids down the slide", Heather told WFLA.com.

"I strongly feel every playground should have a warning sign, but since I've never seen one (and we go to a lot of playgrounds), 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", she says.

A study performed by the American Academy of Paediatrics found more than 350,000 children under the age of six were injured on slides in the USA between 2002 and 2015.

Toddlers between the ages of 12-23 months old had the highest percentage of injuries with the majority of them being fractured legs.

Parents and carers should therefore avoid going down a slide with young children on their lap, said Jennissen, and those who choose to do so should practice extreme caution to prevent their feet from catching on the equipment. Just like Meadow's had.

The findings revealed that if a child's leg gets caught on a slide when they're going down themselves, the chance of injury is small because there isn't enough force.

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

This is the first year Clare has made the post public, as she was always "afraid of the negative criticisms". I did blame myself. It was bad, especially feeling like I put her in that position. What's more, these injuries are less likely to occur if the child is sliding down unaccompanied, because they don't have the extra weight of another person behind them that's pushing their momentum forward.

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

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