3-Year-Old In Body Cast After Visiting Popular Toddler Park, Now His Parents Are Warning Others

Their son survived a terrifying injury. Now these parents are sounding the alarm and begging others to learn from their haunting nightmare. Please share their important warning with every parent you know!

Although the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly advises against any recreational trampoline use by children, many Americans are unaware of the physical damage trampolines can cause for children under the age of 6. Worse even still, popular trampoline parks have heavily marketed and encouraged “toddler jumping.”

The Hill family knows the horrifying dangers of trampolines all too well. Kaitlin Hill posted an emotional update on Facebook last week, explaining that her 3-year-old son, Colton, “fell and broke his femur — the strongest bone in his body, while innocently jumping” at an indoor trampoline park in Tampa that promoted toddler use. Hill says the orthopedic surgeon told them the repetitive pressure from jumping may have caused the fracture.

The Hill family told The Associated Press that little Colton’s injury has been “traumatic,” revealing that he has had to return to wearing diapers and has to travel in an extra-wide car seat. “We don’t leave the house other than going to doctors’ appointments. You can imagine what is like for an active 3-year-old to be constrained in almost a full-body cast,” Hill shared. “Every single night, he gets only four or five hours of sleep because he wakes up reliving the incident.”

Hill posted a heartbreaking photo showing her son’s body cast, which keeps his hips and legs from moving during the healing process. She captioned the photo: “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.”

The photo has been shared over 270,000 times.

Hill shared in the Facebook post:

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.

… 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!

Between 2002 and 2011, over a million people were sent to the emergency room because of trampoline injuries, 300,000 of which were broken bones. In 2009 alone, 98,000 injuries were caused by jumping on trampolines, which resulted in 3,100 hospitalizations. The Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics estimates the emergency room expenses for trampoline-related injuries from 2002 to 2011 totaled $1 billion, with $400 million of that covering fractures alone.

Furthermore, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons recommends that children younger than 6 should not use trampolines and older kids should use them only under adult supervision.

“We had no idea and were shocked to find this out from our pediatric orthopedic surgeon during Colton’s hospital stay,” Hill wrote on Facebook.

Please consider the risks of trampolines before purchasing one for your home or allowing your child to jump on one. And please keep little Colton in your prayers as he fights for a full recovery. 

For those who choose to use trampolines at home, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends certain safety guidelines:
– Make sure there is adult supervision at all times
– Allow only one jumper on the trampoline at a time
– Do not attempt somersaults
– Use adequate protective padding on the trampoline, making sure it is in good condition and appropriately placed
– Check all equipment often
– Repair or replace any damage to the protective padding, the net enclosure, and any other parts

Little Colton’s horrifying story has already saved the life of one child. Please protect your children and share his story with every parent you know to help raise awareness about the dangers of indoor trampoline parks — by doing so you may save a life!

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