Bounce Houses: All Fun or Big Injury Risk?

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Bounce houses can be a blast; but they can also pose a real danger.
Air Date: 8/13/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Gary Smith, MD
Dr. Gary SmithDr. Gary Smith is Professor of Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology at the Ohio State University. He holds the Dimon R. McFerson Endowed Chair in Injury Research and is board certified in pediatrics, pediatric emergency medicine, and general preventive medicine and public health. He is founder and director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and is president of the Child Injury Prevention Alliance. Dr. Smith has been an active researcher and advocate in the field of injury prevention for more than 30 years, and has more than 130 injury-related peer-reviewed publications focusing on prevention of injuries to children and adolescents.
Bounce Houses: All Fun or Big Injury Risk?
Bounce houses can be a blast, for both children and adults.

But, they can also be a real danger; particularly for kids.

Broken bones, bumps, bruises and concussions are just a few of the injuries that can result from bounce house play.

On average, 31 children a day are transported to U.S. emergency departments for treatment of bounce house injuries.

Parental supervision, along with other safety precautions, can help keep children safe during those fun outdoor celebrations.

Listen now as Dr. Gary Smith and Melanie Cole, MS, discuss these safety tips.

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