Throughout my life, I have always been one of those people who has to learn my lessons the hard way.
This was one of those times.
My sweet girl was only 18 months old, and we had walked to the park at the elementary school a few houses down from ours. She was hesitant to go down the slide, so naturally, I climbed up so she could go down on my lap. We had done this multiple times before with no problems.
Halfway down the slide, there was a turn and her little leg bounced out of my lap and got stuck between the slide and my leg.
I heard the snap, and she immediately started screaming inconsolably.
I instantly knew something was very wrong.
We rushed to the ER, where she had an X-ray done.
Then we discovered that I was responsible for breaking my sweet baby’s leg in two different places: her fibula and tibia were both broken.
That night was super rough because my sweet girl could only get it splinted in the ER, and we could not see the orthopedic doctor to get a cast put on until the next morning. She was in so much pain and was just a sweet little baby…
And it was all my fault.
Save yourself this guilt and do not slide with babies or toddlers.
When meeting with the orthopedic doctor, he informed me that this is a very common occurrence and politely tried to calm my shame-tears as he put a cast on my baby.
He said that when toddlers come in with a broken leg bone, it is almost always from a slide accident while riding on a parent’s lap. How could no one have told me this was dangerous?!
My only reasoning is the shame and guilt behind these accidental injuries keep parents from spreading the word. I get it.
She ended up having to wear a full leg cast for 8 weeks and luckily for me, she is a very resilient girl. She made a full recovery, and surprisingly even got to the point where she was walking and dancing in her full leg cast.
Hopefully, through all of my hard-learned lessons, I can at least spread some knowledge to keep other mommies from traveling down the shame spiral of being responsible for breaking your own babies’ limbs.
Have you caused an accidental injury?
Do you have any slide horror stories?