What to do when your child breaks their leg?

What to do when your child breaks their leg?

What can I do to help care for my child’s leg fracture?

  1. Have your child rest as much as possible and get plenty of sleep.
  2. Apply ice on your child’s leg for 15 to 20 minutes every hour or as directed.
  3. Elevate your child’s leg above the level of his or her heart as often as possible.

How long do teenagers bones take to heal?

How long does it take a child or teen’s broken bone to heal? Although a child’s bones are softer than adult bones, a child’s broken bone will heal faster than an adult bone. The time it takes for a break to heal will vary depending on which bone is broken but the average recovery takes from three weeks to two months.

Why would a bone fracture across an epiphyseal plate in an adolescent be concerning?

Growth plate injuries usually occur after a bone fracture (break), and they are a major cause of growth deformities in children and teens. Because the growth plate is where new bone develops, injury to this area can cause the plate to close prematurely and stop bone growth.

What happens if you fracture your growth plate?

If a fracture goes through a growth plate, it can result in a shorter or crooked limb. A growth plate fracture affects the layer of growing tissue near the ends of a child’s bones. Growth plates are the softest and weakest sections of the skeleton — sometimes even weaker than surrounding ligaments and tendons.

What is the weakest part of an adolescent bone?

The growth plate (physis) is a continuous transition border between bony metaphysis and cartilaginous epiphysis and is also the weakest part of growing skeleton [1•].

Can kids go to school with a broken leg?

Children with leg fractures may need to be off school longer and may need to have schoolwork sent home. Most schools, following discussion, do allow children with leg plasters who are using crutches back. In all cases contact the head teacher. Schools are very accommodating whenever possible.

Why does my daughter keep breaking bones?

Osteoporosis is a condition where the bones become weak, brittle and prone to fracture. When it occurs in children, there is typically an underlying cause, such as osteogenesis imperfecta, Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, hyperthyroidism or calcium and vitamin D deficiency.

How can you break your growth plate?

Most growth plate fractures happen from falling or twisting. Contact sports (like football or basketball) or fast-moving activities (like skiing, skateboarding, sledding, or biking) are common causes. Growth plate fractures also can happen from repetitive activities, like training for gymnastics or pitching a baseball.