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A fracture is a partial or complete break in the bone. When a fracture happens, it is classified as either open or closed:
Symptoms can occur a bit differently in each child. But below are the most common symptoms a child will have if he or she breaks a bone:
These symptoms may seem like other health problems. Make sure your child sees his or her healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
Your child’s healthcare provider makes the diagnosis with an exam and diagnostic tests. During the exam, he or she asks about your child’s health history and how the injury happened.
Your child may also need:
Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is.
An open fracture is an emergency. This is when the bone breaks through the skin. Or when the skin has a deep wound that exposes the bone. Call 911 to get medical care right away.
The goal of treatment is to control the pain, help the bone heal, and prevent complications so your child can use the fractured area again normally. Treatment may include:
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your child’s healthcare provider:
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