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Leg Fracture in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What do I need to know about a leg fracture?

A leg fracture is a break in a bone in your child's leg.

Child Leg Bones

What are the signs and symptoms of a leg fracture?

How is a leg fracture diagnosed?

Your child's healthcare provider will examine your child's leg. The provider may touch areas of your child's leg to see if he or she has decreased feeling. The provider will check for any open breaks in the skin. He or she may check your child's ability to move his or her leg. Your child may need an x-ray, CT scan, or MRI. Contrast liquid may be used 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. Do not let your child enter the MRI room with anything metal. Metal can cause serious injury. Tell the healthcare provider if your child has any metal in or on his or her body.

How is a leg fracture treated?

Treatment will depend on the kind of fracture your child has. Your child may need any of the following:

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

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my child's doctor?

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 healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your child. 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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