With Christmas just weeks away and Santa busy wrapping and packing, Australian parents are being advised about the potential risks of injury to children on trampolines.
The latest Australian Child Health Poll, released today, reveals Australian 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 less than 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.
The fifth Australian Child Health Poll also found:
- More Australian kids today are jumping on a trampoline than riding a bicycle or scooter or skateboard.
- 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 of children who use a trampoline are not always supervised by an adult.
- Twenty per cent of 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, more than 80 per cent of parents said they allow multiple kids to jump on a trampoline.
- The majority of parents reported knowing the specific first aid for a bleeding wound and over half for a broken bone, however only one in two parents know the specific first aid for a head injury, dislodged tooth or an unconscious child.
For more information visit childhealthpoll.org.au