An inflatable bouncer for your child's next birthday party
You might want to think twice before renting an inflatable bouncer for your child's next birthday party.A new study shows a 15-fold increase from 1995 to 2010 in inflatable bouncer-related injuries among children under the age of 18.
In 2010, more than 30 children each day were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments for injuries related to inflatable bouncers, according to the study by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital
Fractures and strains or sprains were the most common kinds of injuries, and about 1 in 5 injuries were to the head and neck, according to the report.
The study published in the December issue of the journal Pediatrics notes that the injury patterns for inflatable bouncers and trampolines are similar, and while there are national safety guidelines for trampoline use, no similar guidelines are in place for inflatable bouncers.
We're seeing ... increasing numbers (of bouncer-related injuries), probably because there are an increase of inflatable bouncers out there for consumption," said Jessica Saunders, injury prevention coordinator at Dayton Children's Medical Center in Ohio. "There are more safety guidelines for trampolines, but now inflatable bouncers are probably going to be on the list of things (they) need to take a look at as far as safety.