A Colles (say "CALL-us" or "CALL-eez") fracture is a specific type of broken wrist. In this type of fracture, the broken bone in your child's wrist tilts upward when the hand is palm down. These breaks may happen when children throw their hands up to protect themselves when falling. Your child's treatment depends on how bad the break is.
The doctor may have put your child's wrist in a cast or splint. This will help keep your child's wrist stable and keep the bone in the right position. Sometimes surgery is needed to help keep the bone in position for good healing.
It will take several weeks to a few months for the wrist to heal. You can help it heal with care at home.
Your child may have had a sedative to help him or her relax. Your child may be unsteady after having sedation. It takes time (sometimes a few hours) for the medicine's effects to wear off. Common side effects include nausea, vomiting, and feeling sleepy or cranky.
The doctor has checked your child carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 21, 2017
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& David Messenger, MD & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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