Thursday 20 June 2019

Kids parties spur bounce in injuries

Communion, Confirmation time spike in accidents

Maria Herlihy

Children squealing, at first, with delight on bouncy castles is later leading to sprains and breaks, particularly during the Communion and Confirmation season.

There is now a 'big bounce' in child related injuries, according to Affidea ExpressCare Clinic in Cork. The clinic, which is located at the Elysian tower, say they are currently experiencing a significant increase in child-related injuries, mainly due to accidents on bouncy castles and trampolines.

Wrist fractures and elbow fractures are the most common injuries sustained by children who fall from trampolines and bouncy castles. Other injuries can include ankle sprains, shoulder and leg injuries, lacerations and, in more serious falls, head injuries.

Dr. Tony Lynch, Clinical Lead Doctor at The Affidea ExpressCare Clinic in Cork, said "May is always busy with communion and confirmation parties and many parents now hire a bouncy castle or trampoline for the occasion. As a result, we are seeing a huge increase in child-related cases, ranging from sprains and fractures to head injuries. 

"We are calling on parents to be super vigilant when their children are on bouncy castles or trampolines to minimise the chance of their child incurring a nasty break or sprain."

The top three trampoline and bouncy castle related injuries are ankle sprain, arm fracture and dislocation.

ExpressCare Clinics treat minor injuries and illnesses such as fractures and sprains, lacerations requiring stitches, sports and DIY injuries, minor burns and scalds, eye and ear injuries, insect and animal bites, infections and rashes.

Children over the age of one are also treated, eliminating the need for a visit to a hospital A&E department.

All ExpressCare Clinics are open from 10am to 10pm, 365 days a year. Affidea ExpressCare provides services to all patients who attend on a fee for service basis, and it's a covered benefit for health insurance providers Laya Healthcare and Irish Life Health.