Managing Your Child’s Broken Bone
posted by Lehi Willow Creek Family Medicine | June 15, 2018
Broken bones are common in childhood and often occur in the ankles, wrists, fingers, forearms and elbows, These fractures are typically the result of sports or other high-impact activities. Here’s what you can do as a parent if your child breaks a bone.
Shortly after an injury occurs, the goal is to limit pain and make your child as comfortable as you can.
In some cases, simply being able to tell if an injury is a fractured bone can be difficult. In certain situations, traditional symptoms like pain, swelling and physical changes to the bone can be enough – but in others, they may not be. Some other signs to keep in mind include:
If it appears that the bone is broken, seek medical care immediately.
In certain fracture cases, the doctor might determine that only a splint is required to keep the bone in place. They’ll place this over a layer of cotton, then use basic straps to keep it in place.
In most cases, though, a cast will be needed. These will usually be made of a thick plaster or a synthetic product. Keep in mind that your child may experience the following:
After a few days or weeks, pain symptoms will reduce and your child will begin settling into a normal routine and looking to get back to their activities. Important recommendations for parents during the healing period include:
Your doctor can offer additional treatment and home recommendations for a broken bone in your child.
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.