"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 Facebookpost. It could even seem like a safer option than letting them ride alone. "She is still smiling. because it was happening at this exact moment".
As the now viral picture posted by Clare to her Facebook account shows, Meadow's right leg became trapped between the slide, twisting it in the opposite direction.
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. Heather took Mattew down a 10-foot-long slide and after they were done, Heather took Meadow up there as well. "He advised there is no safe way to go down a slide with a child on your lap", Clare tells Us Weekly. 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". "I had no idea and will never be doing it again with my little Jack". After having no issues riding with Matthew, she picked up Meadow.
Jennissen researched slide accidents and found that the most common injury that kids receive are fractured legs and that most of those are caused when a kid is sitting on a parent's lap while riding down the slide. Just like Meadow's had. She tells us that if parents want to ensure that their little ones make it down the slide safely, "the safest ways are to hold your child while you stand next to the slide". "I was trying to stop us from sliding down [she can be seen grasping the side of the slide with her left hand] but I couldn't".
Meadow has since made a full recovery.
"I am hard enough on myself for it".
"I knew it would open me up to negative comments", she says, including people who pointed out that she wasn't holding her daughter properly.
Luckily, the photo has been well-received, with many parents commiserated and sharing that their children had suffered similar injuries.
"Most responses have been positive". "I feel like it could really help people avoid this situation".
"Many parents and caregivers go down a slide with a young child on their lap without giving it a second thought", he wrote.
Meadow, now aged three, has fully recovered. The one-year-old would then spend the next four weeks wearing a pink cast. "Because the break was close to the growth plate, the doctor wasn't sure if her legs would grow the same because of it", she says.