bounce house-related injuries on the rise in us
According to a new study, children are injured when using inflatable bodyguards, such as bounce houses and moonwalks, 15 times higher than in 1995.
Researchers published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday said there were about five bounce houses --
Related damage per $100,000S.
Children every year.
Less than the estimated 31 trampoline
Related damage per $100,000S.
Children reported on 2009, but the authors of the study said the new findings should be brought to the attention.
\"Groups should look at the data to help us tell the truth and make sure our parents make informed decisions,\" said Dr . \"
Gary Smith, director, Injury Research and Policy Center, Columbus National Children\'s Hospital, Ohio.
Number of people taking their children into the emergency room (ERs)
The number of injuries increased from 702 in 1995 to 11,311 in 2010.
Fractures and sprains are the most common types of injuries, each accounting for about a quarter of emergency room visits.
The rest are wounds, concussion and bruises.
Smith suggested that parents limit the use of bodyguards for children aged 6 and older, limit the number of children using bodyguards at one time, and always have parents present.
According to the researchers, so far, only one study has been done about bodyguards --
In a hospital, there are only a few cases of fracture.
In their new study, researchers used information from a database of injuries related to consumer products that received about 100 of treatment in the United StatesS.
ERs between 1990 and 2010.
From this database, Smith and his colleagues can estimate that about 65,000 children and teenagers have been treated with bodyguards.
Was injured during that time.
About the third age is under 5 years old, half between 6 and 12 years old, and the rest between 13 and 17 years old.
They found that as the number of children injured each year more than doubled from 2008 to 2010, this rate increased at the end of the study.
The most likely explanation for the increase is that more children use inflatable bodyguards.
\"We are working very hard to get these numbers,\" Smith said . \".
\"The feedback we usually get is that usage is going up, but we don\'t get any exact numbers. \"Dr.
Tigran Avoian, author of previous research on bodyguards --
Related fractures may also be related to other factors, such as better hospital reports.
\"I don\'t think it has anything to do with the epidemic,\" said Avoian of Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital . \" He was not involved in the new study.
S. Inflatable Alliance\'s John Carr warned in an email to the Reuters Health channel that the new study did not say how many children who used inflatable bodyguards were injured. He added that -
According to his calculations
Children may use bodyguards up to 0. 643 billion times a year.
\"The damage rate is actually very small when the utilization rate is taken into account,\" he wrote . \".
The researchers pointed out that similar to trampoline-
The related injuries were similar to those found in previous trampoline injuries.
Specifically, as the child grows older, arm injuries decrease and leg injuries increase.
In addition, the number of children who need to be hospitalized--
In the new study, the trampoline is roughly the same.
Earlier this year, the American Academy of Pediatrics advised against using trampoline at home and on the playground.
But Smith told Reuters Health that a similar bodyguard proposal might be unwise.
\"My personal philosophy is that we need to work on getting kids off the couch so they can exercise and develop a healthy and positive lifestyle, but understand that there is a risk in any activity. .
\"So the purpose is not to be alarmist, but to ensure that parents understand the risks,\" he said . \".
In his previous study, Avoian and his colleagues suggested supervising the children playing in the bouncers and dividing them into groups by size.
\"They should know that the children are going to be seriously hurt, but that\'s something that can be prevented,\" Avoian said . \".