Arm Fracture In Children

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

An arm fracture is a crack or break in one or more of the bones in your child's arm.

CARE AGREEMENT:

You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's caregivers to decide what care you want for your child.

RISKS:

Your child's arm may not be straight, even after treatment. The nerves in his arm may be damaged, which can make his arm numb or weak. His arm may not heal properly or work as well as it did before your injury. He may have a scar if he has surgery.

WHILE YOU ARE HERE:

Informed consent

is a legal document that explains the tests, treatments, or procedures that your child may need. Informed consent means you understand what will be done and can make decisions about what you want. You give your permission when you sign the consent form. You can have someone sign this form for you if you are not able to sign it. You have the right to understand your child's medical care in words you know. Before you sign the consent form, understand the risks and benefits of what will be done to your child. Make sure all of your questions are answered.

Emotional support:

Stay with your child for comfort and support as often as possible while he is in the hospital. Ask another family member or someone close to the family to stay with your child when you cannot be there. Bring items from home that will comfort your child, such as a favorite blanket or toy.

Medicine:

  • Antibiotics: This medicine is given to help prevent or treat an infection caused by bacteria.

  • Pain medicine: Your child may be given medicine to take away or decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you give your child his medicine.

Treatments:

  • Brace, cast, or splint: A brace, cast, or splint will decrease your child's arm movement and hold the broken bones in place. This will help decrease pain, and prevent further damage to his broken bones.

  • Surgery: Your child may need debridement before his surgery if he has an open fracture. Debridement is when damaged tissue is removed and the wound is cleaned. Debridement helps prevent infection and improve healing. Your child's caregiver will use pins, screws, wires, or other materials to hold the bones straight so they can heal. Your child may have pins coming out of his skin.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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