Mom Wants Parents to Know the Dangers of Going Down a Slide With Your Child

After her 18-month-old son broke his leg while going down a playground slide in her lap, a mom from the U.K. is sharing her warning with the internet.
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A mom from the U.K. has an important message she wants to share with parents all over the globe: Don't go down a slide with your child. 

Shona Keetley shared with British parenting site Channel Mum that she was accompanying her 18-month-old son, George, down a slide when, halfway down, his shoe got stuck on the slide and his right knee folded up under him. His mom heard his leg break.

"I just didn’t think it would end up in a broken leg," Keetley wrote on Channel Mum. "We were actually on a family day out and the play area was in the building before the exit. "My son was screaming that he wanted to go on the slide so I said to my partner that I would take him down once and then we would leave. That’s why I didn’t bother to take our shoes off—because it was supposed to be quick." 

Now, she's sharing video of the scary moment, because she wants to "raise awareness about how easily this accident can happen, and something so innocent can be so dangerous. You certainly don’t think or expect something like this could happen but it can so easily happen.”

Warning that the clip contains footage that may be upsetting.

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Keetley's experience comes on the heels of a similar incident shared by a mom in New York last month. A mom named Heather Clare took to Facebook and posted a scary photo of her daughter's leg breaking on her way down a slide. "When Meadow was 12 months old ... 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."

And back in January, Chrissy Teigen got heat for going down a slide with Luna. 

The bottom-line: Sliding with your L.O. can be dangerous. Research presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition noted that an estimated 352,698 children under the age of six were injured on slides in the U.S. from 2002 to 2015. Injuries were most common among kids from 12-23 months of age, and the most common injury (36 percent of them) were lower leg fractures. Researcher Charles Jennissen, MD, a clinical professor and pediatric emergency medicine staff physician at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine explained that while he wouldn't necessarily recommend advising against the practice completely, "parents really need to use extreme caution. You really need to make sure that you're watching and controlling the child's lower extremities so they don't catch on the side of the slide.”

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