A mom is warning other parents about the dangers of allowing small children to jump on trampolines after her 2-year-old son broke his femur on one.
According to Global News, when Kait Ellen took her family to an indoor trampoline park last month, she had no idea that the fun family outing would soon end in a trip to the hospital.
Although the indoor park advertised safe spaces for toddlers and small children, Ellen’s little boy, Colton, was still left in excruciating pain by the end of the day.
“As hard as it is to relive the past 12 days, we feel compelled to make other parents aware of the danger associated with indoor trampoline parks,” the upset mom wrote on Facebook. “Colton fell and broke his femur, the strongest bone in his body, while innocently jumping alongside his dad and I.”
Colton was reportedly placed in a hip spica cast, which he must stay in for the next six weeks.
When Ellen explained what happened to Colton’s pediatrician, she was shocked to learn that children under the age of six should never jump on a trampoline.
“This is due to the fact that their fragile bones are not meant to withstand the repetitive jumping,” she said. “We had no idea and were shocked to find this out from our pediatric orthopedic surgeon during Colton’s hospital stay.”
After all the pain her son went through, Ellen hopes her family’s heartbreaking story will warn other parents about the dangers of trampolines.
“We share this with you today to spread awareness that these facilities are specifically advertising for Toddler Time, when in fact toddlers should be nowhere near trampolines,” Ellen wrote. “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.”
According to Global News, the Canadian Pediatric Society actually released a joint statement with the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine to warn against small children jumping on trampolines.
“Trampolining is a high-risk activity with the potential for significant injury, especially in children and youth,” the statement reads. “Multiple authors and organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Safe Kids Canada, have called for the elimination of trampolines in the home environment as recreational play equipment or for an outright ban on trampolines under any circumstances for the paediatric age group.”
In a matter of days, Ellen’s post has already gone viral, with many parents thanking the concerned mom for sharing her family’s story.