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What to Do When Your Child Breaks a Bone
Children are at a high risk for enduring sports and play-related injuries which can end up leading to bone fractures. Fractures are always unfortunate, but it’s especially upsetting when your child breaks a bone. Although children are resilient and can typically bounce back after a bone fracture, it’s still important to get the proper pediatric fracture care for the long-term well-being of the child.
These tips will help you understand what to do when your child breaks a bone.
1. Seek medical attention immediately.
Many injuries that are sustained when a child is young can potentially pose problems in adulthood so it’s crucial to bring your child to a qualified pediatric orthopaedic doctor as soon as possible. He or she will examine your child’s fracture, assess the risk factors, and determine the best course of action.
2. Learn all you can about your child’s treatment program.
Serious fractures can sometimes require surgery to repair your child’s injury. This could also mean a lengthy recovery process while your child heals, in addition to a rehabilitation program to fully restore function after the fracture.
It’s normal to be nervous as your child goes through this process, but by being completely informed along the way, you’ll be able to understand more and know what to expect. Ask a lot of questions and make sure they’re answered. This will give you peace of mind that your child is being treated properly.
3. Choose an experienced, qualified pediatrician.
It’s imperative that you choose a pediatrician that can provide your child with the best care possible and put your mind at ease during the process. Find a team of specialists that are well-versed in the area of care your child needs.
If your child’s needs are outside of the realm of the pediatrician you visit regularly, they can probably recommend someone reputable for you to visit.
Once you meet the child’s surgeon or physical therapist, talk to them about your child’s injury and how they plan on treating it. You may also want to find out how many other patients with the same injury they’ve treated to get an idea of how much experience they have.
4. Keep your child entertained during recovery.
While your child is recovering, he or she may need to spend some time stationary to allow his or her fracture to heal properly. This recovery period could be lengthy so parents need to get creative with ideas to keep them occupied. Avoid letting your child watch TV all day long. Some television is okay, but try engaging them with something such as a puzzle or a board game. You may even want to invite some of their friends over to talk and laugh if they’ve spent a significant amount of time out of school.
Trust Premier Orthopaedics for your child’s pediatric care and for the best pediatric orthopaedic surgery and rehabilitation options. From pediatric fractures and musculoskeletal abnormalities, our team of specialists will have your child feeling better in no time. Click here to contact Premier Orthopaedics.