Heather Clare, of New York, shared the picture on Facebook in what has become an annual public service announcement. She was with her daughter, Meadow, when she was 12 months old and the photo was taken at the exact moment she broke her little leg.
Heather said: ‘So every year I do a PSA on going down a slide with your child on your lap. ‘When Meadow was 12 months old (I went down with Matthew first, but he was lucky), I went down the slide with her on my lap and her foot got caught between me and the slide.
‘This picture is the moment her leg was breaking. She’s still smiling… because it was happening at this exact moment. ‘When we went to the ER, the super empathetic doctor lectured me on how common this injury is. I had no idea. I thought everyone took their kids down the slide.'
‘I strongly feel every playground should have a warning sign, but since I’ve never seen one (and we go to ALOT 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.
‘Don’t ever go down a slide with a baby on your lap. There is no SAFE way to go down a slide with your little. It is literally one of the top 3 reasons young children are seen in the ER during the Spring and Summer. ‘For everyone commenting on how I am holding my daughter. We didn’t start this way. She was centered on my lap.
‘When I realized what was happening, I used my top hand to try to stop us and leaned to release her foot. I wasn’t riding down the slide with her on one side and leaning. That’s “common sense”.’
‘I always see parents riding down the slide with their children at the playground. I would like to see specific slide safety sign saying not to go down a slide with child in any way.’ She added: ‘It’s the weight of a person behind them that makes it dangerous and makes it hard for them to stop.’
So what do you think? Will you still be taking your child on a slide?