Children have a sense of adventure that allows them to discover the world around them, but this adventurous spirit can also lead to injuries like sprains and bone fractures. Because kids still have developing bones, they are at a higher risk for fractures than adults, so these injuries are a common cause for visits to the pediatric emergency room at Sunrise Children’s Hospital. Below, you will get a closer look at the facts you should know as a parent about children and their risk for bone fractures.
Fractures should be treated in the ER
While most fractures seen in children are greenstick and bend fractures in which the bone does not break completely, it is still important to have the broken bone diagnosed and set properly. Without the right care, even the most minor fractures could lead to long-term orthopedic complications.
The signs of a fracture may not always be clear
You will want to play it safe by visiting the ER for any orthopedic injury, because it may not always be clear what type of injury has taken place. The ER staff will take X-rays to diagnose the injury correctly and put on a cast when needed. As you head to the emergency room, you might wrap the injured area in an improvised sling or homemade cast to immobilize the injury and prevent further damage.
Some fractures may require annual follow-up care
There is one type of fracture that is unique to children in which the growth plates at the ends of the bone sustain damage. Because these fractures occur in growing areas of the skeleton, they may require extensive follow-up care with a pediatric orthopedic specialist. Damage of this nature may take anywhere from 12 to 18 months to appear on an X-ray, so your pediatrician may recommend an annual checkup to reassess the injury.
At Sunrise Children’s Hospital, you can find comprehensive care for your child after a broken bone with a dedicated pediatric ER, orthopedic care, and rehabilitation services . To learn more about our hospital and the care we provide for young patients in Las Vegas, give us a call at (702) 233-5437.
As the holiday season approaches, you might begin to plan road trips with the family, which may serve as a reminder to brush up on some car safety basics for kids. This article will take a look at some of the essential guidelines to keep in mind for a safe trip every time your kids are in the car.
Invest in the right car seat
Children should be in car seats in the back seat of the car until age 13, since seatbelts will not provide adequate restraint in a car accident when children are still growing. It is important to know when to transition from a rear-facing seat to a forward-facing model, and eventually to a booster seat. Sunrise Children’s Hospital can help you identify the right seat for your child and be sure that it is installed properly at regular Car Seat Checkup events at our Las Vegas campus.
Always wear seatbelts
Seatbelts are a necessity for car safety, so you should lead by example and always wear a seatbelt, even on short rides. By teaching your child the right seatbelt habits from an early age, you can feel safe knowing that your child will continue smart seatbelt use when he or she is driving as a teen.
Provide quiet distractions for kids
Long car rides may not only make kids cranky, but it can cause children to have distracting outbursts that take your attention off the road. To keep your kids busy and quiet in the car, bring along books, small toys, or handheld games that will let you focus on the road instead of the backseat.
Stay prepared with an emergency kit
An important aspect of car safety is preparedness for roadside emergencies. Keeping non-perishable snacks, bottled water, and a first aid kit handy will ensure that you can stay safe in the car while you wait for assistance after an accident or breakdown.
To get answers to your safety questions or learn about upcoming Safe Kids events at Sunrise Children’s Hospital, call us today at (702) 233-5437.