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Report Finds Alarming Increase in Children Injured From Bouncers
Researchers have found an alarming increase in the number of children injured from bouncers over a 15-year period. The researchers found a 15-fold increase in the number of injuries related to inflatable bouncers. The results of the study are due to be published in the December issue of Pediatrics journal.
Researchers from the Center for Injury Research and Policy of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital analyzed statistics involving child-related injuries from inflatable bouncers. The analysis found a 15-fold increase in the number of bouncer-related injuries between 1995 and 2010.
All of the injuries were serious enough to be treated in hospital emergency departments, and all injuries involved children below 18 years of age. In fact, according to the analysis in 2010, an average of 30 children a day had to be rushed to hospital emergency rooms with inflatable bouncer-related injuries.
The most common injuries that occurred when children played on inflatable bouncers were fractures, with 28% of the children who were rushed to hospital emergency rooms, suffering broken bones. Approximately 27% of the children suffered from strains and sprains.
What is very concerning to spinal cord injury lawyers is that approximately one in 5 injuries involved the head and neck. Injuries to the head and neck can cause serious consequences, like paralysis.
The most common cause of injuries involving inflatable bouncers were falls. Children who were engaged in stunts while jumping on the bouncers, accounted for a major proportion of the injuries caused by inflatable bouncers. Many of the injuries also involved children who collided with each other while jumping on the bouncers. Most of these injuries or 44% occurred on inflatable bouncers that were placed in a recreational setting, while approximately 38 % of the injuries occurred on bouncers at home.
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