It's a reminder that, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, children under 6 shouldn't use a trampoline.
Every time my son receives an invitation to a birthday party that will take place in a trampoline park, my initial instinct is to throw the thing out ASAP before he ever sees it. Why? Because he LOVES those places and would most definitely want to go. But it seems like every other day there's another story making the rounds on social media about a child getting seriously hurt on a trampoline in one of these places.
Kait Ellen knows this only too well. The mother-of-two recently shared a powerful Facebook post warning about the danger associated with indoor trampoline parks, along with a now-viral photo of her 3-year-old son in a hip spica cast from his ankles to his waist, which he will have to wear for the next six weeks.
"Colton fell and broke his femur, the strongest bone in his body, while innocently jumping alongside his dad and I," she wrote. "Come to find out, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons 'children under the age of 6 should never use a trampoline.' 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 pediatric orthopedic surgeon during Colton's hospital stay."
I didn 't know that either, did you? In fact, Ellen goes on to explain that many of these facilities are specifically advertising for Toddler Time, when in fact toddlers should be no where near trampolines.
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"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." she wrote. "Please help us by sharing this story!"
Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Instagram.