As fun as trampolines are for children, they can still be hazardous. One mom is taking to social media to share her trampoline park horror story and raise awareness about the dangers of the popular equipment.
About two weeks ago, Kait Ellen was enjoying a trip to an indoor trampoline park with her family. They were playfully bouncing around when her 3-year-old son Colton fell and broke his femur. Kait shared this story on Facebook along with a heartbreaking picture of her son in a hospital bed. The post has gone viral with over 200,000 shares and thousands of comments. “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 six weeks,” she wrote.
After the accident, Kait found out that children Colton’s age shouldn’t play on trampolines due to health concerns. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons say that children under the age of six should never be allowed on a trampoline. “This is due to the fact that their fragile bones are not meant to withstand he repetitive pressure from jumping,” wrote Kait.
According to Scary Mommy, the AAP published a study in 2016 titled Trampoline Park and Home Trampoline Injuries to examine the recent trend in trampoline accidents. The number of accidents in the United States went from 581 in 2010 to 6,932 in 2014. “Trampoline use carries significant risk of injury to children, and trampoline parks are no exception,” concludes the study. “Trampoline park use can result in severe injuries through varied mechanisms, with [injuries] often involving lower extremity sprains and fractures and rarely open fractures and spinal cord injuries.”
The organization says that if children are allowed on trampolines, parents should make sure that there is proper adult supervision, protective padding, only one jumper at a time and no flips or somersaults.
Many trampoline parks advertise for families of young children and even include specific toddler play areas. Kait wrote that she hopes her viral post will help spread awareness for the proper trampoline guidelines and “prevent a child and their family from experiencing the trauma and heartbreak associated with trampoline injuries in young children.”