It is inherent in mothers to find innovative ways to keep their kids entertained and educated as well. It has been proven in many types of research and various pediatric publication that creative activities sharpen the intellect of children and make them into competent adults.
Since most moms spend more time with their kids, they are often the ones responsible for keeping their children occupied with safe and at the same time entertaining activities. This is more so in the summertime when the schools are on holiday. With the summer well underway, parents usually visit indoor family parks as a safe and fun location to cool off the heat.
Even though adults are always around to keep their kids in line at such parks, no guarantee exists that these kids won’t be in harm’s way or get themselves hurt.
Kaitlin Hill and his son are a typical example of such parent and children hanging out troubles. She had no idea she was letting her son get hurt by allowing him to participate in a common activity.
As a nurse, Kaitlin must have patched up many damages or injury to people’s bodies in her time. However, she was helpless when she heard her son scream for his life at a family outing in an indoor park. What happened to her 3-year-old son this time around exceeded her capacity, she must have wished she had been warned earlier!
Kaitlin, 29 years old at the time, posted a powerful message on her Facebook page to educate people on the danger that befell her kid. She wanted to create an awareness to the dangers present in the typical family pastime.
Everybody knows one of the favorite things kids are fond of is getting to bounce up and down on all kinds of things. All that energy coursing in their young bodies must be released one way or another. As a result, parents often ignorantly allow their kids to exert that energy on trampolines. They say, the kids don’t get hurt, neither does the furniture.
Except the fact that kids get hurt, more so if they are quite young and below age 6. The last thing Kaitlin expected when she took her son, Colton to Sky Zone Park in her neighborhood was a terrible injury to Colton that would change their lives forever.
A trampoline is often seen as safe for children, as it has little impact on the joints while on it. Kaitlin found out that wasn’t the case in the saddest of ways. These parks do not know better either, they promote and encourage parents to come with their kids to ‘enjoy their services.’
Those who do know better, like the highly educated medical practitioners are never heeded, parents go against all recommendations and instructions by the professionals and opt for this bouncy devilish contraption. Kaitlin regrettably said,
“Colton fell while jumping with his dad and me on a trampoline and broke his femur. We later found out that ‘children under age six should never be allowed on a trampoline’, according to the America Academy of Pediatrics and Orthopedic Surgeons.”
The developing bones of these kids are very fragile, and they can’t handle the continuous pressure they are subjected while jumping.
Colton paid a hefty price for his parents’ misguided notion, and the mom doesn’t want to see anyone go through the same guilt and pains she has endured. She continued,
“We could not imagine such would happen to Colton; we were shocked when our pediatric orthopedic surgeon told us at the hospital. Colton’s accident has turned out lives upside down; he goes through a lot of struggle every day just to adjust to living with the bandage around his waist for the next six weeks.”
Unfortunately, the 3-year-old Colton only gets just 4 or 5 hours to sleep every night now due to nightmares he’s been having about his accident. Kaitlin added,
“I share this with you to make you aware of the dangers in these facilities; they specialize in advertising for toddlers when toddlers are in fact the ones at risk near trampolines.”
Due to the body cast extending waist down, Colton has had to use diapers again, and he needs a wide car seat to travel around. This life must seem like a prison sentence for any active toddler.
Here is to hoping Colton gets back on his feet as fast as possible. Thanks to his mom for sharing her story with everyone, it is truly an informative one. All parents need to pay attention and heed the warnings of people like Kaitlin, she has had the experience, and she knows better now. Do not allow your toddlers to jump on trampolines; it could be hazardous!!