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Wrist Fracture in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is a wrist fracture?

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

Wrist Fracture

What are the signs and symptoms of a wrist fracture?

How is a wrist fracture diagnosed?

Your child's healthcare provider will examine him or her. Your child may need an x-ray, CT scan, or MRI. Your child may be given contrast liquid to help his or her wrist bones 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 wrist fracture treated?

Treatment will depend on which wrist bone was broken and the kind of fracture your child has. Your child may need any of the following:

How can I manage my child's symptoms?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my child's doctor?

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