With communion and confirmation season in full swing, there has been a major increase in child-related injuries in recent weeks, mainly due to accidents on bouncy castles and trampolines, a clinic that treats minor injuries has said.
According to the Affidea ExpressCare Clinics, which are based in Dublin and Cork, there has been an upsurge in bounce-related sprains and fractures in recent weeks.
The most common types of fractures experienced by children who fall from bouncy castles and trampolines are wrist and elbow fractures, however other injuries can include ankle sprains, lacerations and head injuries.
“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,” commented Dr David Foley, a consultant in emergency medicine and medical director of the clinics.
top 3 bounce-related injuries:
- Ankle sprain – a minor sprain can be treated with ice and compression at home, however you should seek medical advice if there is severe swelling or pain, if the area is red and warm to touch, or if the child cannot walk on it.
- Arm fracture – this can be scary for both the child and parents and can be very painful. The child may feel faint or sick after the accident. The arm may look deformed, swollen and/or bruised, be sore to touch or move, or there may be bone poking through. You should always seek medical attention if you suspect a fracture.
- Dislocation – children can easily dislocate their arm, shoulder or knee after a fall. The child will be in some pain and it is important to move the affected area as little as possible. Instead, try to stabilise the area in whatever position it is already in. Applying ice may help with pain and reduce the swelling. You should never attempt to pop the bone back into place yourself – let a doctor take care of it.
ExpressCare Minor Injuries & Illnesses Walk-In Clinics are open to everyone from 10am to 10pm, 365 days a year, in Cork and Dublin, to offer an alternative destination to busy emergency departments and significantly relieve the burden on busy A&Es.
Promising fast turnaround times with no appointment or referral needed, ExpressCare is staffed with Emergency Department trained doctors and nurses who care for 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 stressful visit to a hospital A&E department with an injured child.
Patients are often referred to hospitals due to difficulty accessing diagnostic services, but ExpressCare offers rapid access. As Ireland’s leading diagnostic imaging provider with a network of 12 clinics across Ireland, Affidea provides X-rays, MRI, Ultrasound, CT and DXA scans in flagship scanning centres located onsite.
ExpressCare offers a complete patient pathway and has on-site consultant clinics, in disciplines such as physiotherapy, orthopaedics and plastic surgery; offering weekly clinics to follow up on any more serious injuries.
ExpressCare operates independently providing services to all patients who attend on a fee-for-service basis or, alternatively for patients with private health insurance with Laya Healthcare and Irish Life Health, ExpressCare is a covered benefit. They also offer a €50 discount for patients who present with a GP referral letter.
Big bounce in child related injuries from Bouncy Castles and trampolines during communion and confirmation season according to Affidea ExpressCare Clinicshttps://t.co/Yem0u2kGTx
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