Mum’s warning about the dangers of trampolines for kids under six goes viral.
Kait Ellen shares her warning on Facebook to make other parents aware of the danger associated with indoor trampoline parks for young children after their toddler broke his femur while gently bouncing.
“Colton fell and broke his femur, the strongest bone in his body, while innocently jumping alongside his dad and I. We were NOT bouncing in the same square as Colton when the injury occurred. We were in the squares right next to him.
We come to find out, according to the America Academy of Paediatrics and the America Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons “children under the age of 6 should never use a trampoline.” (RCH also recommends the same in Australia)
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This is due to the fact that their fragile bones are not meant to withstand the repetitive pressure from jumping. We had no idea and were shocked to find this out from our paediatric orthopaedic surgeon during Colton’s hospital stay.
Our lives have been turned upside down since Colton’s accident and every day is a struggle for his sweet 3 year old self as he adjusts to life in a hip spica cast for the next 6 weeks.
We share this with you today to spread awareness that these facilities are specifically advertising for Toddler Time, when in fact toddlers should be no where near trampolines.
We hope by sharing his story it will prevent a child and their family from experiencing the trauma and heartbreak associated with trampoline injuries in young children.
Please help us by sharing this story!”
Her post has gone viral with over 200,000 shares and nearly 40,000 comments.
The RCH website also states “Trampolines are not suitable for children under 6 years of age. They should be considered sports equipment, not a toy. Use enclosed trampoline nets to avoid falls from trampolines. ”
Last week we actually shared a post calling for backyard trampolines to be banned after 12 accidents in the past week just in NSW! Read more on that here.
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