Mom Warns About the Dangers of Trampolines After Toddler's Scary Injury

Kait Ellen's son Colton
Kait Ellen/Facebook

Most of us have fond childhood memories of channeling our inner acrobat while playing on a trampoline. And with so many trampoline fun zones popping up, it can be hard for parents to pass up the chance to let their kids indulge and let loose. But mom Kait Ellen is warning parents about the dangers of trampolines after her 3-year-old son broke his leg during a family outing to a seemingly harmless trampoline park.

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Kait and her husband were likely unsuspecting of the hazards of trampolines as they happily bounced in the indoor park not too far from their son, Colton. But things took a tragic turn after the little boy fell and broke his femur bone.

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"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," Ellen writes in her chilling Facebook post.

toddler injured on trampoline
Kait Ellen/Facebook

What's even more alarming is that trampoline parks target little ones often advertising "toddler time" and other preschool-aimed programs -- even though experts strongly advise against small children using a trampoline altogether.

As Kait mentions in her online warning, the American Academy of Pedatrics (AAP) disapproves of children under the age of 6 using a trampoline. "We had no idea and were shocked to find this out from our pediatric orthopedic surgeon during Colton's hospital stay," Ellen reveals in her recount.

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The AAP, along with the Committee on Injury and Poison Prevention and the Committee on Sports Medicine and Fitness, took the advisory a step further. In a policy update, they cautioned that trampolines should be "prohibited" for children under the age of 6 -- even in "supervised training programs." In addition, the AAP recommends trampolines of all sizes should not be used in and around the home, as thousands of people are injured by trampolines each year, resulting in trips to the ER for broken bones, head injuries, and concussions.

"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," Ellen writes in her Facebook post.

We can only hope little Colton makes a speedy recovery and that Kait's post gets the word out to prevent other children from experiencing a similar injury.

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