A hand can break (fracture) during sports, a fall, or other activities. The break may happen when the hand twists, is hit, or is used to protect against 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 hand in a brace, splint, or cast 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 hand to heal. You can help it 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 him or her.
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 your doctor 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: September 20, 2018
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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