What was supposed to be a day of fun at an indoor trampoline park led to trauma for Kait Ellen and her family.
In a Facebook post that has since gone viral, Ellen documents how her three-year-old toddler got into a serious accident on a trampoline late last month. And as hard as it was for the concerned mom of two to relive the past few weeks, she felt compelled to make other parents aware of the possible dangers associated with indoor trampoline parks.
“Colton fell and broke his femur, the strongest bone in his body, while innocently jumping alongside his dad and I,” Ellen noted in her post, which has since been shared more than 230,000 times and received more than 48,000 reactions.
“Come to find out, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, children under the age of 6 should never use a trampoline.'”
The AAP states that the rate of trampoline injuries is higher for children than in adults, with 48 per cent of injuries for children 5 years of age or younger resulting in fractures or dislocations.
“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,” Ellen continued.
“Our lives have been turned upside down since Colton’s accident and every day is a struggle for his sweet three-year-old self as he adjusts to life in a hip spica cast for the next six weeks.”
The AAP also reports that about 75 per cent of trampoline injuries occur when multiple people are jumping on the mat. In a post update, Ellen was clear that they “were in the squares right next” to her son.
“We were NOT bouncing in the same square as Colton when the injury occurred,” she said.
“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.”
In Canada, 4,247 trampoline injury cases were treated in ER departments at 15 hospitals between 2005-2006 and 2009-2010. Children between the ages of five and 14 accounted for 81.5 per cent of trampoline-related hospital admission injuries.