Story by: Kim Huston on March 11, 2019
Your child comes home and complains that an arm or a leg hurts. What do you do? Only a doctor can diagnose a kid’s broken arm or a broken leg, but you can look for signs that could indicate your child has a fracture, or broken bone.
If your child complains of pain in an arm or leg, he or she may have experienced a broken bone or fracture.
What is a fracture? It’s not correct to say a “fracture” is a milder form of a “break.” The word “fracture” simply means “broken.” A fractured bone is broken. A broken bone is fractured. A fracture can be tiny and hard to see or deformed and poking through the skin. Like a sweet potato is a yam, a broken bone is fractured.
There are several types that can be diagnosed by a pediatric orthopedist, including:
As a parent, you can look for several signs of a kid’s broken arm or broken leg. The different types of fractures can have many of the same signs or symptoms, including:
You may see all or just some of these symptoms.
Call 911 if the bone has gone through the skin or you think your child’s head, neck or back was hurt. If not, your child still will need to see a doctor as soon as possible. If it’s during the day, call your pediatrician to ask where he or she thinks you should go for care. There are things you can do before your child gets help.
Call (502) 394-5678 to make an appointment.
If you can see the bone through the skin, you can:
If you can’t see the bone, you can: