Kids will always be kids and this is why accidents are bound to happen in that age group. As parents, our reactions to these events matter. Most times, we scold them first. If it’s a bone fracture, what next? Take them to the hospital, of course. However, there are things you can do at home so that the condition does not get worse. Let’s find out in this article.
How Do You Know Your Child Has Fractured A Bone?
If you are close to the child when it happened, you may hear a ‘snap’ or a grinding noise. The child will run or walk to you crying profusely and holding out the fractured part. You may notice swelling, bruising and the child shouts out in pain when you attempt to touch the affected area.
What Can You Do?
Take the clothing off the affected area while you keep the injured limb in one position. Any attempts to manipulate the broken bones can lead to dislocation. Get an ice pack and wrap it in a cloth, then apply it to the fractured part. Next, you need to make a splint. It’s quite simple to do. The function of a splint is to hold the bones in place.
To make a splint, a small wooden board, cardboard, or folded newspapers will do. They need to lay across the site of fracture. You can wrap them around with an elastic bandage or tape. Check out online videos if you’re not quite sure how to make one.
Most of what we’ve just discussed pertains to bones broken in the limbs. They are less serious than fractures to the head, neck, or back. In these cases, seek medical attention immediately! The child should remain in the same position while you get help.
Of course, prevention is always better. Do all you can to make your child’s playing environment safe.