News | Published July 19, 2013

Ask the Pediatrician: Bounce houses and jumping pillows

Where/how do bounce houses and jumping pillows rate compared with trampolines? Are they also dangerous?

Answer: I cannot find any stance from the AAP on them. In theory, they are safer because you can't fall off of them and there are no metal or spring parts; however, they do still provide an opportunity to twist ankles and/or legs.

The biggest problem with bounce houses and jumping pillows is when multiple kids are in them and run into each other or fall on top of one another. This can cause many types of injuries ranging from contusions to head injuries.

Therefore, if they’re used in uncrowded situations, they are safer – but not accident-proof.

Thanks, Dr. C

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