Indoor trampoline parks became popular a few years ago in South Africa. Now you can find one in every major city. These indoor parks consist of 100’s of trampolines where kids and adults get to jump freely.
Before you can enter you need to sign a form wavering your rights basically in case you want to sue should you get injured. The form seems fairly harmless and many sign without due thought. Plus watching your child’s excitement how can you not?
Many of these indoor trampoline parks advertise ‘Toddler Time’ for parents to let their young toddlers jump. In most cases this is under adult supervision.
However this family experienced a truly horrific accident where their 3-year-old was severely injured. They have taken to social media to raise awareness to other parents with young toddlers to take note.
In the post shared by this Mom on Facebook, she says her son fell and broke his femur, the strongest bone in his body, while innocently jumping alongside herself and his Dad. Many comments accused these parents of jumping on the same trampoline square. However if you have been to any of these parks you will know they have strict rules which says one person per trampoline. This family confirmed they we were not bouncing in the same square as their son when the injury occurred. They were in the squares right next to him.
According to the ChildrensHospital.org, a broken femur (thigh bone) is a break in your child’s longest, largest, heaviest and strongest bone. The femur makes normal standing and walking possible. Although it’s a difficult bone to break, femur fractures in childhood are not uncommon.
This kind of injury is preventable. 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.
These parents shared their story in the hope by sharing it will help prevent another child and their family from experiencing the trauma and heartbreak associated with trampoline injuries in young children.
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