Babysitting: Dealing With Broken Bones

Babysitting: Dealing With Broken Bones

Broken bones (or fractures) are a common injury in kids, especially after a fall. No matter where the break is or how small it may seem, all broken bones need to be checked out by a doctor.

Minor breaks often happen in the fingers and toes, and sometimes in the arm. More serious breaks may involve bones in the head, neck, leg, or pelvis. If the part of the body looks different, it's a sign the break might be serious. For example, if a child's arm is bent in an odd way or there's a large bump in the bone, the break may be serious.

Possible signs of a broken bone are:

What to Do

If you think a child has a minor broken bone:

If it seems like a child has a serious broken bone:

To help prevent broken bones:

Reviewed by: Kate M. Cronan, MD
Date reviewed: January 2014

Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

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