A mother has warned about the dangers of trampolines after an incident left her 3-year-old son in a body cast.
Kaitlin Hill said that her son, Colton, 3, broke one of his legs at Tampa, Florida's Sky Zone trampoline park in June, according to The Associated Press. An orthopedic surgeon said repeated pressure from jumping on the trampoline caused the bone to fracture, said the mom.
Hill, a 29-year-old nurse, has said that her son has to wear diapers and sit in a wide car seat while he is wearing a hip spica cast for six weeks.
"We don't leave the house other than going to doctors' appointments," said Hill. "You can imagine what it is like for an active 3-year-old to be constrained in almost a full-body cast. It's traumatic."
She added that Colton can only get about four to five hours of sleep a night, "because he wakes up reliving the incident."
Hill wrote a Facebook post to warn other parents about what happened to her son, Good Housekeeping reports.
"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," wrote Hill in her post. "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,'" added the mom in the post. "This is due to the fact that their fragile bones are not meant to withstand the repetitive pressure from jumping."
Hill wrote that she had no idea about the guideline, and only found out when Colton was receiving medical attention. Hill said that her family's lives have been "turned upside down" since the incident.
"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," wrote Hill. "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."
The number of emergency room visits in the U.S. for injuries related to trampoline parks was reported to have increased from 581 in 2010 to 6,932 in 2014.
"Families need to know that many injuries occur on the mat itself," said Michele Labotz in a 2012 statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics. "Current data do not appear to demonstrate that netting or padding significantly decrease the risk of injury."