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How are pins used to treat broken bones in children?

Pins are used to keep broken bones in place until they heal. They are small metal rods from the size of a large piece of wire to the size of a pencil. They may be placed in the bone only, partially in the bone, or completely through the bone. The length of time that pins are in place depends on why a child needs them. When your child has pins, it is very important to keep them clean to prevent infection. Talk with your doctor about how often you should clean your child's pins.

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