With Christmas just weeks away, parents are being encouraged to make sure they know how to keep their children safe whilst jumping on trampolines this holiday season.
The latest Australian Child Health Poll, released today, reveals Queensland parents are not supervising children on trampolines, the vast majority are allowing more than one child at a time to jump on a trampoline, and only one in two parents know the specific first aid for treating some trampoline injuries.
Director of the poll, paediatrician Dr Anthea Rhodes, said while it was impossible to prevent all childhood injuries, the poll was a timely reminder for parents on how to keep their kids safe this Christmas.
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The fifth Australian Child Health Poll found:
- More Queensland kids today are jumping on a trampoline (82 per cent) than riding a bicycle (73 per cent) or scooter or skateboard (50 per cent).
- Of those who use a trampoline, one in six has sustained an injury such as broken or fractured bones, concussion, cuts or bruises, or sprains.
- Two thirds (69 per cent) of children who use a trampoline are not always supervised by an adult.
- One in eight (12 per cent) children under two are not always supervised by an adult when on a trampoline.
- Despite guidelines* recommending no more than one child on a trampoline at a time, 90 per cent of Queensland parents said they allow multiple kids to jump on a trampoline.
- One in six (17 per cent) parents allow four or more children on a trampoline at once.
“Many families across the country will be making room for trampolines this Christmas and there’s no reason why they can’t be enjoyed. Trampolines can be safe if used properly, but allowing multiple children on a trampoline has been compared to cage fighting by our trauma service at The Royal Children’s Hospital,” Dr Rhodes said.
“It doesn’t matter what age your child is, to keep them safe on trampolines, my advice is to allow no more than one child at a time on the trampoline, and to supervise them at all times, regardless of their age.”
With unintentional injuries the biggest cause of death in Australian children under 15, Dr Rhodes warned that many accidents and injuries are avoidable.
“Keeping active and playing outdoors is an important part of a healthy childhood, and should be encouraged, and there are steps parents can take to keep kids safe.
“Queensland parents should familiarise themselves with basic first aid for accidents and injuries, and understand guidelines and recommendations to keep their children safe and reduce the risk of serious injury while they play this summer,” Dr Rhodes advised.