What should I know about the pins in my child's broken bone?

Children may get an infection where the pin enters the skin. The infected area will be red and painful, and you may notice pus. You should call your doctor if you see any signs of infection.

Pain and discomfort are often concerns during pin care, especially at the beginning. Your child's doctor may prescribe a pain medicine. If not, ask your doctor what you can use. Try to give your child pain medicines 30 to 60 minutes before you begin pin care. This will help your child be more comfortable during the procedure.

Children are often anxious during pin care. You can help your child relax by showing her what you are doing and talking calmly with her. Allow her to help as much as possible.

Talk with your doctor about whether your child can swim or bathe with her pins.

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