Parents warned about dangers posed by bouncy castles and trampolines ahead of summer season
Parents have been warned about the dangers posed by bouncy castles and trampolines as summer approaches.
Last year more than 200 injuries were treated by doctors at Vhi SwiftCare Clinics.
According to the clinics of the patients treated for 'bounce-related injuries' his year most are around communion age.
Ankle and shoulder injuries are the most common, accounting for a fifth of all injuries sustained.
The oldest patient treated after being hurt on a bouncy castle or a trampoline was 53, while the youngest was 32 months.
“May is usually the month that we begin to see these injuries and historically we usually see an increase during the first two weeks of the month. We wish to highlight the dangers such activities pose for parents so they can protect their children during these important family events," Dr Michelle de Brun, Group Medical Director of the VHI SwiftCare Clinics said.
"While the weather tends to be warmer in May, it can also be showery which can make trampolines and bouncy castles particularly slippy and dangerous. We are calling on parents to take a number of straight-forward precautions with a view to minimising the chance of their child incurring a nasty break or sprain.”
Parents are advised to take a number of steps including limiting the number of children on a bouncy castle to one where possible.
Flips and somersaults are extremely dangerous doctors have warned.
Adults are also advised not to try their hand at bouncing while under the influence of alcohol.
Parents are also told to ensure that if it has been raining the surface of the castle or trampoline has been dried thoroughly.
The warning comes after a six year old died and six others were injured when a bouncy castle exploded in a restaurant's garden.
The victims were flung more than 45ft (13m) into the air during the freak accident on Sunday in Spain.