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Question - Recently my family was invited to our neighbor’s 7th birthday. On the invitation was something I dread every time I see it… a bounce house. I’m always so nervous about letting my children participate. They just seem so dangerous, and almost always someone gets hurt. What’s your opinion on bounce houses? Are they dangerous for my children’s spine or any other part of their body? Do you let your children participate? What should I do? Please help! Sincerely, Joanne from California
Answer - Great questions! As parents ourselves, we can definitely understand your concerns and your reservations about allowing your children to participate in bounce houses. Kids are kids and they’re going to want to roughhouse and play with the other kids. The number and severity of injuries resulting from the use of this type or other similar types of equipment are significant and increasing. Although bruising, ligament sprains and muscle strains are the most common injuries, fractures and spinal trauma may also occur if the children are permitted to do risky things. Although there are no guarantees our children will not get injured in a bounce house, here are some recommendations that will help to make them as safe as possible, and may reduce their likelihood of being injured:
- Adult supervision is required at all times!
- Bouncers should be grouped according to age, size and physical ability. This might be the biggest of the recommendations!
- The number of bouncers allowed inside at once should be kept to a minimum.
- Do not allow somersaults, flips or other high-risk maneuvers, as these increase their chance of serious injury.
You may want to bring your child in to your doctor of chiropractic for a spinal check-up after bouncing in a bounce, just to make sure that their little spines are still in line!
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