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.