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The humerus is a bone in the upper arm. It extends from the shoulder to the elbow, and it is the largest bone in your child's arm. This bone may break (fracture) during sports, a fall, or another injury. It may happen when your child's arm or shoulder is hit, or if your child uses it for protection in a fall.
Fractures can range from a small, hairline crack to a bone or bones broken into two or more pieces. Your child's treatment depends on how bad the break is.
Your doctor may have put your child's arm in a cast, splint, or sling to allow it to heal or to keep it stable until your child sees another doctor. It may take weeks or months for your child's arm to heal. You can help the arm heal with some care at home.
Healthy habits can help your child heal. Give your child a variety of healthy foods. And don't smoke around your child.
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 advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) 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 advice 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 advice line if:
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Current as of: November 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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