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Your child can hurt their arm by using it too much or by injuring it. Your child's forearms, wrists, hands, and fingers are the parts of the arm that are most likely to become painful.
A minor arm injury usually will heal on its own with home treatment to relieve swelling and pain. If your child's arm doesn't return to usual movement within 7 to 10 days, you should follow-up with your family doctor. If your child has a more serious injury causing their arm pain, like a fracture, they may need additional tests and treatment.
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 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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Adaptation Date: 2/25/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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