Arch Dis Child 92:242-243 doi:10.1136/adc.2006.109793
  • Case report

Superhero-related injuries in paediatrics: a case series

  1. Patrick Davies1,
  2. Julia Surridge2,
  3. Laura Hole3,
  4. Lisa Munro-Davies3
  1. 1Department of Paediatrics, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK
  2. 2Children’s Emergency Department, Derby Children’s Hospital, Derby, UK
  3. 3Emergency Department, Royal Bristol Children’s Hospital, Bristol, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr P Davies
    Department of Paediatrics, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK
  • Accepted 25 September 2006


Five cases of serious injuries to children wearing superhero costumes, involving extreme risk-taking behaviour, are presented here. Although children have always displayed behaviour seemingly unwise to the adult eye, the advent of superhero role models can give unrealistic expectations to the child, which may lead to serious injury.

The children we saw have all had to contemplate on their way to hospital that they do not in fact possess superpowers. The inbuilt injury protection which some costumes possess is also discussed.


  • Competing interests: None.

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