Broken bones (or fractures) are a common injury in kids, especially after a fall. No matter what part might be broken or how big or small the injury may seem, all broken bones need medical care.
Signs and Symptoms
Your child may have a broken bone if:
you heard a "snap" or a grinding noise during an injury
there's swelling, bruising, or tenderness
the injured part is difficult to move or hurts when moving, being touched, or bearing weight
What to Do
Remove clothing from the injured area.
Apply an ice pack wrapped in cloth.
Keep the injured limb in the position you find it.
Place a simple splint, if you have one, on the broken area. A splint holds the bone still and protects it until the child is seen by the doctor. To make a temporary splint, you can use a small board, cardboard, or folded up newspapers and wrap it with an elastic bandage or tape.
Get medical care and don't allow your child to eat or drink in case surgery is required.
Do Not Move Your Child and Call 911 Right Away
You suspect a serious injury to the head, neck, or back.
A broken bone comes through the skin. While waiting for help:
Keep your child lying down.
Do not wash the wound or push in any part that's sticking out.