After Her Child's Injury, She Highlighted The Dangers Of Toddlers On Trampolines So No One Else Will Get Hurt

"We feel compelled to make other parents aware of the danger."

What can seem like an innocent family activity can sometimes turn out to be a bad idea, and even a little dangerous. Unfortunately, there are times when parents realize this too late, and family members have to suffer heartbreak and injuries because of it. 

Mom Kait Ellen found this out when she, her husband, and her 3-year-old son, Colton, were enjoying a day at an indoor trampoline park. Colton fell and ended up breaking his femur or thigh bone — the strongest, longest, and heaviest bone in the human body



As upsetting as the incident is, Ellen wants other parents to be aware of the dangers of indoor trampoline parks. And she is taking to social media to help spread her message.

The mom posted an open letter on her Facebook page on July 7 recounting Colton's accident. She also warned parents that a toddler's "fragile bones are not made to withstand the repetitive pressure from jumping" on a trampoline — something she wasn't aware of until Colton's orthopedic surgeon told her. 

Ellen wants to make sure others are informed in the hopes that they can avoid injury. "We feel compelled to make other parents aware of the danger," she wrote. 

She added, "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."

Over the last few days, the post has gone viral. It now has over 255,000 shares and 48,000 comments. It was also posted on the Love What Maters Instagram, along with her caption, written in full. 

"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. Colton fell and broke his femur, the strongest bone in his body, while innocently jumping alongside his dad and I. Come to find out, according to the America Academy of Pediatrics and the America 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. 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. 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. Please help us by sharing this story!"

Many commenters on social media are wishing Colton a speedy recovery. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics has warned against the recreational use of trampolines because of injuries. A report revealed that young children, especially those under 5 year old, are at the greatest risk of injury. Additionally, 45 percent of injuries in the age group resulted in dislocations or fractures.

Furthermore, the number of emergency room visits for trampoline park-related injuries increased from 581 in 2010 to 6,932 in 2014, according to a recent Pediatrics study.

As Ellen said in her post, awareness and knowledge are key, and that will hopefully help keep kids safe.

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