KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Bounce house dangers go beyond the inflatable structures being carried into the air by wind.
The Journal of American Pediatrics found 31 children go to the emergency room every day for bounce house-related incidents.
One Kansas City mother found out those dangers when her son had to undergo brain surgery.
“Alex was very excited, very happy to see the bounce houses so we just let him play,” Alex’s mother Regina Esteban said.
It wasn't until later that she realized her son wasn't acting like himself and took him to the hospital. Doctors soon found blood outside of Alex's brain and had to operate.
“My husband and I were sick because we thought he was having such a good time, we didn't want to hurt him or anything. We thought how could something so simple as a Saturday afternoon playing, being an 8 year old boy do something like this?” Esteban said.
Alex has down syndrome, but his doctors said this type of injury could happen to any child.
“The issue is the kids bouncing on top of each other, running into each other, accidentally landing on somebody's head, accidentally kicking somebody so it's the kids together,” Dr. Sarah Hoehn said, Medical Director at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the University of Kansas Hospital. “Especially when you have a size discrepancy and you have a 15-year-old who lands on a 5-year-old and things like that, that's when you tend to see the injuries occur."
Esteban never knew bounce house accidents send a child to the emergency room every 45 minutes in the U.S.
“We just wanted him to be a normal [kid], it's summertime, just playing and having fun,” she said.
After undergoing surgery, doctors listed Alex in stable condition and said he should make a full recovery.