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What should I do if I think my child has broken a bone?

If your child is in distress from pain or an obvious fracture, you should immobilize the suspected broken bone, hold pressure on any bleeding and get child to the emergency room (ER). If your child appears relatively normal but with complaints of mild pain or bruising with no obvious signs of trauma over a few days or hours, you should make an appointment with your primary doctor for an office visit to evaluate. If you suspect head trauma, you should take your child to the ER.

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