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Toe Fracture In Children
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A toe fracture is a break in 1 or more of the bones in your child's toe.
- Ibuprofen or acetaminophen: These medicines are given to decrease your child's pain and fever. They can be bought without a doctor's order. Ask how much medicine is safe to give your child, and how often to give it.
- Antibiotics: Your child may need antibiotics if he has an open wound. This medicine helps fight or prevent an infection caused by bacteria.
- Give your child's medicine as directed. Call your child's healthcare provider if you think the medicine is not working as expected. Tell him if your child is allergic to any medicine. Keep a current list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs your child takes. Include the amounts, and when, how, and why they are taken. Bring the list or the medicines in their containers to follow-up visits. Carry your child's medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
- Do not give aspirin to children under 18 years of age. Your child could develop Reye syndrome if he takes aspirin. Reye syndrome can cause life-threatening brain and liver damage. Check your child's medicine labels for aspirin, salicylates, or oil of wintergreen.
Follow up with your child's healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your child's visits.
Mange your child's symptoms:
- Buddy tape: Keep your child's toes taped together for as long as directed. Change the tape and bandage after he bathes, and whenever they get wet or dirty. Always put a small piece of gauze between his toes before you tape them together.
- Special shoe: Your child may need a special shoe or walking cast. This will protect his broken toe and limit movement so it can heal. This shoe may also make it easier for him to walk.
- Rest: Help your child rest his toe so that it can heal. Return to normal activities as directed.
- Ice: Ice helps decrease swelling and pain. Ice may also help prevent tissue damage. Use an ice pack, or put crushed ice in a plastic bag. Cover it with a towel and place it on your child's toe for 15 to 20 minutes every hour or as directed.
- Elevate: Raise your child's toe above the level of his heart as often as you can. This will help decrease swelling and pain. Prop his toe on pillows or blankets to keep it elevated comfortably.
Contact your child's primary healthcare provider if:
- Your child has a fever.
- Your child's pain does not go away, even after treatment.
- Your child's toe continues to hurt even after it has healed.
- You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.
Return to the emergency department if:
- Blood soaks through your child's bandage.
- Your child has severe pain in his toe.
- Your child's toe is cold or numb.
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