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What to do when your child has a fracture?

Dr. Ankur
Feb. 25, 2011

Accidents are part of daily life. You need not have to go out on the street to have a fracture or hairline crack. Small accidents can happen anywhere from home or in the office. Falling down from stairs or even in bathroom or garden is a regular thing. Most of the times you are lucky to escape getting fractured but sometimes you have to face it. And it’s okay if it happens to an adult as he has full understanding of the situation and can handle the inconvenience and pain with patience. But what if your child gets fracture? Then it’s really a cause of worry, not because the fracture is a serious thing but also because it is difficult to make the child understand the gravity of the situation and make him sit confined to one place. So what to do in such a situation?

The first and foremost thing is make the child fully aware about the situation. If he is panicked cool him down and tell him that all is going to be well again. Assure him that after proper treatment he is going to regain the strength of that particular limb and will be able to walk and work as before.

 Make him understand the seriousness of following the steps prescribed by the Orthopedics. Since many times doctors let the patient go home after couple of hours if they feel that the child do not have any other serious damage, it is important to tell the child that no activities which can break or damage the fractured and bandaged arm should be carried out as it can further damage the condition of the fractured part.  

Since during these days he might have to sit out of the school classes and even is restricted from going for play, try bringing more cheer in his life by reading out good books or making him listen his favorite songs. Download good movies or get some funny movie CD’s from the market which can cater to his age and keep him preoccupied.

It’s just natural that he might miss his school friends so once in a while call the whole gang of his friends for a after school brunch or snacks so that your child can catch up with the social activities and happenings in the school and also do not feel left out from his school circle.

Explain to him the need for regular medication and care as prescribed by the doctor and ask him to take care of himself as advised when you are not with him or he is alone.

Once the limb is free of support its time to go for physiotherapy which is equally painful. It’s very necessary to handle your child in these times of crisis and distress. Do not force him to go through all the exercises at one go. Instead motivate him to stay focused in increasing the activity of the fractured limb in a positive way. If he understands the importance of those exercises he will naturally put in more efforts despite the pain.

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