Are inflatable amusements like bounce houses dangerous for your child? Though the answer to that question depends on a multitude of variables, one thing is certain: The number and rate of pediatric inﬂatable bouncer related injuries have increased rapidly in recent years.
A previous study of bounce house-related fractures showed that such fractures are most common in the upper extremities. The study showed that fractures are mostly caused by collisions, but no study examined non-fracture injuries or used nationally representative data to investigate injuries of this kind.
A new study published in Pediatrics uses nationally representative data to calculate national injury rates, assess risk factors, and examine trends for pediatric inflatable amusement-related injuries treated in the US over a 21 year period (from 1990 to 2010). Records from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System involving patients less than or equal to 17 years of age were examined.
An estimated 64,657 patients were treated for bounce house-related injuries during that time. From 1995 to 2010, the number and rate of these injuries increased 15-fold, and that increase picked up in recent years with the annual injury number and rate more than doubling between 2008 and 2010.
In 2010, a total of 31 children per day were treated for an inﬂatable bouncer-related injury, roughly one child every 46 minutes nationally.
In conclusion, the number and rate of pediatric injuries related to inflatable amusements and bounce houses have increased rapidly in recent years. According to the authors of the study, the increase shows the need for clearer guidelines regarding usage and safety and improvements in inflatable amusement design to prevent these injuries.
Have you or your child ever suffered an injury related to bounce houses and inflatable amusements?