Children love to play around and occasionally get carried away. They can get bumps and bruises – some of which are more severe and end up damaging their growing bones. Fractures are a common enough phenomenon; WebMD estimates that the average person has two fractures during their lifetime. (Source)
If you suspect your child has a broken bone, some ways to tell include:
- Snapping sound during injury
- Pain when the child tries to move the injured area
- Bruising, swelling, and tenderness to the touch
- Stiffness and the reluctance to move
The damage varies with the patient’s age and the severity of the incident which means you have to be extra vigilant when children suffer from injuries. In most cases, it is imperative to consult an urgent care center as they are better equipped to handle these scenarios in a timely manner. Children’s bones are able to heal quickly with a simple molded cast.
Some tips for dealing with an accident and what you think may be a broken bone:
- Broken bones and fractures are not something that can wait until Monday when the doctor’s office opens; urgent care clinics are there for after hours accidents and may have a shorter wait time than an emergency room, and urgent care clinics like Centra Care can also take care of these injuries on-site
- If you can, bring something to keep yourself (and children) pre-occupied during a potential wait; favorite toys can help comfort a child, and movies and games can distract during possible pain
- On the way to seek medical help, apply a cold compress or ice pack to the injured area to subdue swelling and pain
- Surround the broken bone or fracture with soft padding in the position that the injury was found to protect the area from additional movement
- If possible, elevate the injury above the heart to reduce pain and discomfort
Broken bones can be prevented with vigilance during play time, other simple measures like childproofing a home, and calcium supplements for strong bones.