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Bounce House Injuries Similar to Trampoline Injuries

Friday, November 30, 2012

Today's post comes from Daniel Fagbuyi, MD, FAAP. He's an Emergency Medicine pediatrician and father of three.

According to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics, injuries sustained from jumping on inflatable bouncers, like bounce houses and moonwalks, are on the rise.

The number of children hurt in bounce house-related incidents has increased 15 percent since 1995. Injuries increased from 702 in 1995 to 11,311 children in 2010.

Most common injuries: 
  • Broken bones
  • Sprains 
  • Cuts
  • Concussions
  • Bruises
Even though bounce houses seem softer and safer than trampolines, this study revealed statistics not unlike injuries sustained from trampolines and so, parents should heed the same type of caution. Injuries are often sustained when more than one child is jumping - one kid falls down, then the other kid lands on top of him.

Bounce houses and moonwalks are difficult to avoid, as they’ve become an increasingly popular entertainment device at children’s events and birthday parties. I’ve compiled a few guidelines to help parents.

Bounce house safety:
  • Ensure strong adult supervision
  • Allow only two children to jump at a time
  • Don’t let children carry objects with them into the bounce house
  • Make children remove shoes
  • Encourage children to space themselves apart when bouncing with another child
  • Only allow children of similar age to bounce together
According to the study, about one third of the injured were under age 5, half were between ages 6 and 12, and the rest were between 13 and 17 years old. Also, as the ages of the children increased, arm injuries decreased, while leg injuries increased.

There is a risk with any of these play structures. Jumping around on bounce houses and trampolines can lead to a trip to the emergency department, if safety measures are not met. Of course, we want kids to be active and bouncing around is great exercise, parents just need to be aware of the risks and take steps to prevent injury.

Parents, how do you feel about having a bounce house at your home vs. trampoline?
Topics: Safety
Authors: Cydney Cappello


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