A mother has spoken out about the dangers of shopping trolley bays following a freak accident involving her daughter.

Five year old Ryder was climbing on the rails of the shopping trolley bay when she slipped and fell, taking a big knock to her head, reports 7 news.

It wasn’t until the next morning Ryder showed some signs of concussion so her mum took her to hospital for a check up, and was sent home after being told everything was all OK.

Two days later a scan revealed a skull fracture and bleeding on the brain.

Little Ryder spent nine days in hospital and required surgery to relieve the pressure in her skull.

Mum, Karen Simmons, wants to warn other parents not to let your children play on the trolley rails.  It just takes a slip and you will never forget that moment and never know what sort of damage can be done.

Many comments I have read in response to her story have been to say that’s is common knowledge, she should not have been on there and they are not play equipment.

While that is true, it is a great reminder to all parents to be careful when out shopping with young ones. Especially as the busy season approaches.

Accidents happen. Kids love to climb and try to entertain themselves when bored. We know how long those queues get during the silly season.

Stay safe everyone!

Share your comments below.

Image via 7 news


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  • That’s quite scary! But seriously though re people saying that she shouldn’t have been there- think back to when you were a kid- did you used to climb on things? I know I used to climb on the rails in check outs and that was never really frowned on. This was a freak accident that could have just as easily happened in a playground. I feel for the poor mum and child!


  • Frightening. Just reinforces you always need to be alert. I once saw a child fall off a checkout rail right next to me. The thud and crack was horrific. I suggested to his Mum that she keep an eye on him and maybe take him to the Doctor. That’s all I could do. I still see kids climbing in and all over trolleys, even though there are signs and ads everywhere within supermarkets to suggest not to.


  • I agree with other mums that kids sometimes do things before you know or see it and that they don’t always listen instantly.
    Thank God this accident wasn’t fatal ! Hope your girlie recovers totally well ad soon.


  • Kids can be so fast in what they do and it can be hard to kept an eye on them every second. Just be wary about your surroundings and look out for those things that might cause problems.


  • Kids will be kids and do what you tell them not to… Hope she has a sppedy recovery…


  • I agree – kids shop not be playing on trolley rails.


  • Its amazing how fast children move – yes it isn’t safe to jump on the rails, but how quick does it happen when you take your eye off the child and your car is parked close to the trolley bays. Hope your little one fully recovers and this is a good reminder to parents to be even more careful watching their offspring.


  • Children are so quick. You can take your eyes of them to get something on a shelf and before you know it they are doing something they’re not supposed to.
    It may take you a fraction longer if you have reach up high for it or worse still stand on tippy toes to reach it.


  • You have to watch your kids like a hawk. Even then accidents can happen !


  • It’s hard to keep kids off trolleys. I know that Kmart puts over announcements about children not climbing on trolleys, great idea!


  • This sort of accident could happen anywhere. Really parents need to watch their kids – but then it would still happen.


  • It’s the sort of accident that could happen on real play equipment too, though.


  • Oh! This accident could have ended much worse. I’m glad the girl is safe now. And I am sure she will never try climbing on the trolley again!!


  • A good warning,it’s better to be safe than sorry!


  • Trolleys can be so dangerous for little kids. My daughter slipped on one when she was about 4 and bent her knee the wrong way. We swore it was dyslocated but luckily for her it was just a bad sprain!


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