Parenting involves caring for your child in a physical, emotional, and educational manner. Not only should you want to provide them with a healthy lifestyle and love, but you should also want to teach them about the world and living in the right way. Unfortunately, accidents happen no matter how great of a parent you are. Today, many children suffer a fracture in their arm, which can be painful and traumatizing. Thankfully, help is available if your child has recently broken their arm. This guide will teach you broken bone care and how to help your child recover after breaking an arm.
Understand the Signs
If your child has fallen or had an accident of some sort and is complaining about pain in the arm, you need to know the signs to determine if there is a fracture or break in the bone.
Obviously, a serious break may show physical signs. Therefore, if you see bone protruding out of the skin or the arm is completely deformed, there is a break that needs to be addressed by medical professionals immediately.
Other, less noticeable, signs of a break include swelling, bruising, and severe pain that increases with movement of the arm.
Once you arrive at the emergency room or urgent care facility, doctors will perform an x-ray to determine the location and severity of the injury. A broken arm may involve a break in one of 3 different bones in the arm – the ulna, the radius, or the humerus. It is important to note that a break in all 3 bones is possible.
If your child is in extreme pain, doctors may administer a sedative before the x-ray to keep them calm and steady during the test. This sedative will also help your child relax and stay calm while physically examining and casting the arm.
A splint or cast will be used to keep the arm steady during your child's recovery. Without splints and casts to support the bone, it may grow in an abnormal manner, affecting your child's ability to use their arm comfortably and effectively.
Most doctors consider a splint a type of half-cast, which will be used in less severe instances. They are more comfortable to wear, so if your child's arm has a minor fracture, a splint may be their best option.
In more severe breaks or if the arm is broken in multiple places, a cast will be used to not only reduce swelling and provide support, but also steady the bones so they heal over time effectively.