Think twice about trampolines
Trampolines look like fun but can be very dangerous to kids.
In fact, more than 800,000 children sustained trampoline injuries in the U.S. between 2009 and 2018, most of whom were under the age of 16, according to a 2022 report in Pediatric Emergency Care. About a third were arm and leg fractures, most commonly arm bone breaks resulting from a fall on an outstretched hand.
Flips, twists, somersaults, bouncing off the side of the trampoline, landing on the frame or springs – all of these can be dangerous.
"Just one wrong landing can end in serious injuries, which are more common in smaller kids," Dr. Geidel says. "And never let your kids bounce on a trampoline with other kids at the same time, which can lead to crashes and collisions, sprains and strains, head injuries, and even broken bones."