A child bone fracture or a pediatric fracture is a condition in which a bone of a child (a person younger than the age of 18) is cracked or broken.
Symptoms of Pediatric Fractures
- pain in the fractured area
- swelling in the fractured area
- not being able to use or move the fractured area in a normal manner
- bruising, warmth, or redness in the fractured area
Cause for Fracture
Children love to run, hop, skip, jump and tumble. But if a child falls onto an outstretched arm, he or she might break one or both of the bones in the forearm.
How is a fracture diagnosed?
Your child’s doctor will closely examine the injured area for tenderness, redness, and swelling. Diagnostic testing for fractures may include an X-ray. … An MRI can pick up smaller fractures before they get worse.
How are these fractures treated?
Treatment will be based on the type of fracture, its severity, and your child’s age. In most cases, fractures in children are treated with a sling, splint/brace, cast, or walking boot. These immobilize the injured bone while it heals.
Surgery: Severe or unstable fractures that can’t be set properly requires surgery. To increase the chances that the bone will heal in the correct position, your child’s doctor will decide very early in treatment whether to operate. In some cases, however, if the area around the fracture is swollen, the procedure may have to wait until the swelling goes down.
Medication: sometimes used to help control pain and muscle spasms. If a fracture is open, antibiotics are used to prevent infection.