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Health Watch: Seeing More Injuries from Inflatable Bounce Houses

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A new study finds on average 31 children are hurt every day. The study published in the journal Pediatrics found the injury rate has skyrocketed from 5,300 emergency room visits in 2008 to more than 11,000 in 2010.

"Currently we are seeing in a typical week one or two of these injuries, where in the past it may be one a month," Dr. Robert Glatter of Lenox Hill Hospital says.

The study also found more than a third of the injuries involved children younger than six. Fractures and sprains are the most common complaint.

Doctors say bouncers should be designed better to help cut down on injuries. They also say parents should take safety precautions, like making sure the blower stays plugged in, otherwise the inflatable could collapse. Parents should also limit the number of users inside at once.

"Parents should be aware that if they choose to allow their children to jump in the devices that they jump with children of similar size, age, weight and shape in order to avoid catastrophic injuries," Dr. Glatter recommended.

Written by Wendy Damonte

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