Broken bones are all too common in children. Most often, broken bones are not life threatening, though they do require you to seek immediate medical care.
Signs of a broken bone
- You or the child heard a snap, grinding noise, or pop during the injury
- There is swelling, bruising, or tenderness
- The pain is one that feels like “pins and needles”
- It is painful to move the injured area or bear weight on it
- There is a protruding bone or disfigurement in the area (obvious visual signs of damage).
If you suspect a broken bone:
- Remove clothing from the injured part.
- Apply a cold pack wrapped in cloth to the injured area.
- Keep the injured limb in the position you found it.
- Splint the extremity if possible by using soft padding near the injured part, and placing something firm like a board or rolled up newspaper to splint it. Keep the splint in place with first aid tape. Do not keep it too tight.
- Seek medical care immediately.