Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Sure--buy a fun toy to cripple your kids

Trampolines always look like fun on ice! Soaring, twisting, laughing, defying gravity.

But did you ever see a video of a bear on one--and the bear goes flying off the side onto a rock or concrete?

It's always fun and games until someone breaks a wrist.

Sure you can over-protect children--I think we do as a society. But trampolines account for thousands of emergency dept visits each year, according to Monica, Kogan, MD, a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Rush.

Most fractures and dislocations involve kids under age 16.

Ninety-five percent of these occurred on tramps at home.

Forearms, wrists, elbows, legs, ankles--snap snap snap.

Even with netting, trampolines are not safe, Kogan scolds. She won't her kids play on them

If kids are going to bounce, it needs to be supervised and in a controlled, well designed area.

Oh--and this applies to "jumpy houses," too. And to grownups--often the parents participate, too, and can fall  on the child.

That would be a bad break.

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