Wrist Fracture In Children

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

A wrist fracture is a break in one or more of the bones in your child's wrist.

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:

Surgery or an open wound may cause your child to bleed or get an infection. If not treated, the bones may not heal properly. The injured wrist may become stiff or deformed. Your child may have problems with hand movement or grip strength. It may also cause decreased blood supply to the wrist and hand.

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 used to treat or prevent an infection caused by bacteria.

  • Pain medicine: Your child may need medicine to take away or decrease pain. Know how often your child should get the medicine and how much. Watch for signs of pain in your child. Tell caregivers if his pain continues or gets worse. To prevent falls, stay with your child to help him get out of bed.

  • Td vaccine: This vaccine is a booster shot used to help prevent diphtheria and tetanus. The Td booster may be given to adolescents and adults every 10 years or for certain wounds and injuries.

Tests:

  • CT scan: This test is also called a CAT scan. An x-ray machine uses a computer to take pictures of your child's forearm, wrist, and hand. The pictures may show if he has broken a bone. He may be given a dye before the pictures are taken to help caregivers see the pictures better. Tell the caregiver if your child has ever had an allergic reaction to contrast dye.

  • MRI: This scan uses powerful magnets and a computer to take pictures of your child's forearm, wrist, and hand. An MRI may show if he has broken a bone. Your child may be given a dye to help the pictures show up better. Tell the caregiver if your child has ever had an allergic reaction to contrast dye. Do not let your child enter the MRI room with anything metal. Metal can cause serious injury. Tell the caregiver if your child has any metal in or on his body.

Treatment:

  • Cast or splint: Your child may need to wear a splint or cast to keep the bones from moving while they heal.

  • Surgery: During surgery, wires, screws, or metal plates may be used to hold the broken bones in the correct place. A bone graft may also be placed into spaces between or around the fracture. The bone may be taken from another part of your child's body or from a donor.

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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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