Mom Shares Warning About Riding Down Slide With a Child

Meadow who was one year old at the time had to wear a cast for four weeks

That exact moment when Meadow's leg bent was captured by Clare's husband and is a very visual reminder of just how risky going down the slide with a young child on your lap can be.

'Don't ever go down a slide with a baby on your lap.

"We are lucky that she didn't have long term effects", Clare told Newsweek, explaining her daughter, now three, has fully recovered but is monitored by doctors because the fracture was close to her growth plate.

When it came to Meadow's turn, the then 1-year-old started off centered on Clare's lap, but about halfway down the slide, the infant's right foot got caught between Mom and the slide, twisting it backwards.

"It is never a good idea to have more than one child or adult on the slide at a time", said Jennifer Hoekstra, injury prevention specialist at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.

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

When they reached the emergency room, a doctor informed her the injury was common for small children.

Dr. John Torres, the medical correspondent for NBC News, told "TODAY" that parents should never go down the slide with their child.

"If I can take what happened to Meadow and take the pain that she felt and the guilt that I felt, and we can use that as an impetus to create change, that's what's the most important thing to me, " Clare said.

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"This picture is the moment her leg was breaking", Ms Clare posted on social media. When I realized what was happening, I used my top hand to try to stop us and leaned to release her foot.

To prove her point, Clare, 35, shared a photo of herself and daughter Meadow, then 12 months old, at a playground in September 2015.

"[Meadow] is aware of what happened to her though and will not go down the slide with anyone else", she said.

Clare's doctor wasn't wrong. The AAP said that "an estimated 352,698 children less than 6 years of age were injured on slides in the United States from 2002 through 2015, and many of those injuries were leg fractures". In January, celebrity mom Chrissy Teigen shared a photo of her and her then 21-month-old daughter going down the slide.

"Many parents and caregivers go down a slide with a young child on their lap without giving it a second thought", he wrote.

Clare says Meadow was fortunate.

"And in most cases I have seen, the parents had no idea that doing so could possibly give their child such a significant injury". 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. 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.

This article has been updated with comment from Heather Clare.

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