STUDY: Bounce House Injuries On The Rise

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(ABC News)–Bounce house injuries can quickly deflate a party. And according to a new study, they're on the rise.

More than 11,300 children were treated for bounce house-related
injuries in 2010, double the number from 2008 and 16 times the number
from 1995, according to the study published today in the journal
Pediatrics.

That “equals a child every 46 minutes nationally,” wrote the authors
from the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's
Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. “This epidemic increase highlights the
urgency of addressing the prevention of inflatable bouncer-related
injuries among children.”

More than half of the bounce house injuries were fractures, sprains
and strains, according to the study, followed by injuries to the head,
neck and face. Falling was the most common cause of injury, followed by
collisions with other jumpers.

The types of injuries land the colorful castles next to trampolines in terms of safety concerns, according to the study.

“In 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics reaffirmed its
recommendation against any home or other recreational usage of
trampolines and recommended use only as part of a structured training
program with appropriate safety measures employed,” the study authors
wrote. “Policy makers must consider whether the similarities observed in
bouncer-related injuries warrant a similar response.”

The reason for the rise in bounce house injuries is unclear, but the
study authors suggest a jump in popularity, as well as changes to their
design might be to blame.

In June 2011, strong winds lifted three bounce houses off the ground at a youth soccer tournament in Oceanside, N.Y., injuring 13 children.

The study authors say rise in injuries “underscores the need for
guidelines for safer bouncer usage and improvements in bouncer design to
prevent these injuries among children.”

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