Study Finds Major Jump In Kids Injured In Bouncers
The trouble with inflatable bouncers. Courtesy of Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
-It become so popular. The kids can now either go to a growing number of inflatable fun parks or in many cities companies will bring inflatable bouncers straight to you. Kids love them but because of a major jump and injuries, some doctors don't. -Each day in this country, more than 30 children are rushed to a hospital emergency department for an injury associated with an inflatable bouncer. That's a child about every 45 minutes. -Dr. Gary Smith of Nationwide Children's Hospital at the first study of injury associated with inflatable bouncers and found between 1990 and 2010 nearly 65,000 children were treated in hospital emergency departments for injuries one out of 4 for broken bones. Since 1995, injuries have shut up 15 fold and continue to rise. -In fact, there was a doubling of entries in recent years between 2008 and 2010, that is an epidemic by any definition. -Cathy Stapleton was one of those injured just before she and her dad went down in an inflatable slide he took this photo. Moments later, he took his little girl to the hospital. -We've gone down in that slide 5, 6, 7 times in the same way and the same time. It's just a particular time we lost our balance, roll over a little bit and she broke her arm. -Dr. Smith who was also a professor of Pediatrics at the Ohio State University says, that's proof that no matter how careful parents tried to be, it's often not enough and something has to change. -Because of the alarming rapid rise in the number of entries associated with the inflatable bouncers. National Safety Guidelines must be developed. It's time that we take action to help prevent these injuries. -At Nationwide Children's Hospital, this is Clark Powell reporting.