Those big inflatables that seem to pop up at so many backyard parties and carnivals may look like they could cushion any fall, but an increasing number of kids are getting hurt on them and winding up in the emergency room, a new study published Nov. 26 in the journal Pediatrics has found.
The number of children injured in bounce house accidents rose from 702 in 1995 to 11,311 in 2010, researchers found.
About 5 out of 100,000 U.S. children are hurt on bounce houses per year, compared to 32 children per 100,000 hurt on trampolines. However, the authors say, bounce house injuries are rising rapidly. The injury rate and number more than doubled between 2008 and 2010.
In 2010, 31 children per day were treated in U.S. emergency rooms for bounce house injuries, according to the study.
Some other findings:
— Just over half the kids hurt in bounce house accidents were boys.
— The average age of the children hurt was 7.
— The most injuries were fractures, strains or sprains.
— Most injuries occurred at a sports or recreation facility or at home.
— 3.4 percent of the children were either hospitalized or kept for less than 24 hours for observation.
— Falls accounted for about 43 percent of the injuries.
Find the study: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/