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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.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
If you suspect a broken bone, you'll need an X-ray to confirm it, of course. On your way to having it checked out, apply ice to help ease your child's pain and reduce the swelling. Depending on the location of the break, that part of the body will be immobilized, giving the bone time to knit itself back together. For most typical childhood breaks, bones will heal within three to six weeks, and you need to follow your doc's directions on activities that your child can and can't participate in not only when he's in the cast but also when he comes out.
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