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Clavicle Fracture in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is a clavicle fracture?

A clavicle fracture is a crack or break in your child's clavicle (collarbone). A clavicle fracture is a common bone fracture in children.

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What are the signs and symptoms of a clavicle fracture in children?

How is a clavicle fracture diagnosed?

Your child's healthcare provider will ask about your child's injury and symptoms. He or she will also examine your child's shoulder and may press gently on the collarbone. The provider may also check the feeling and strength in your child's arm, hand, and fingers. An x-ray, or CT may show the fracture. Your child may be given contrast liquid to help the fracture show up better in the pictures. Tell the healthcare provider if your child has ever had an allergic reaction to contrast liquid.

How is a clavicle fracture treated?

Most broken clavicles heal on their own. It is very important to keep your child's arm still to allow the clavicle to heal properly. Your child may need any of the following:

What can I do to help manage my child's clavicle fracture?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my child's doctor?

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