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Should a toddler's arm fracture be in a cast?

Should a toddler's arm fracture be in a cast?

Yes: Must of the time yes, however depend upon where the fx is, the particular bone involved and the characteristic of the fx.It varies from a simple splint to a full arm cast. ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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Hey docs, should toddler's arm fracture be in a cast?

Hey docs, should toddler's arm fracture be in a cast?

Varies: Some fractures in toddlers are little more than a dent in the bone, like a dent in a can.It is stable and is often just places in a soft splint. Others might require quite an elaborate cast. It all varies with the type and location of the injury. ...Read more

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Toddler limp no fracture in x-rays?

Toxic or transient: Synovitis, inflammation of the lining of the hip joint, is a common cause of limping up to 10 yrs. It often follows a "cold" & is transient. X-rays, lab-work & other studies are done to rule out more serious causes, especially if fever or other symptoms co-exist. Toddler's fracture, a spiral, oblique undisplaced fracture of the distal tibia, is seen on only ~ 50% of initial x-rays. ...Read more

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Is my toddler's collar bone fracture from birth healed?

Is my toddler's collar bone fracture from birth healed?

Sure: This kind of fracture takes a couple months to heal. It has been healed for a long time! It is possible to feel a " bump" where the break was. If he has an xray in the future you may be able to see a little healed area in the bone. ...Read more

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What is the standard treatment for a toddler with a buckle fracture of the 5th metatarsal? Fracture is on the end closest to the ankle.

What is the standard treatment for a toddler with a buckle fracture of the 5th metatarsal?  Fracture is on the end closest to the ankle.

Varies: with the degree of buckling and the proximity to the growth plate. There are two types of buckle fractures, one involved just a single segment of the bony cortex and buckles on one side. Another involves the entire circumference or two sides and buckles in in more than one location. There are differing degrees of risk to the growth plate with each with continued mobility. If there is not obvious compromise of the growth plate, treatment can be a short leg walking cast for 3 weeks. Any complications involving the growth plate may require more aggressive treatment including surgical. ...Read more

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Would toddler have symptoms w/ skull fracture? He bump heads w/bro. There's a soft red swollen bump on forehead for 3 days. Touch doesn't bother him.

Would toddler have symptoms w/ skull fracture? He bump heads w/bro. There's a soft red swollen bump on forehead for 3 days. Touch doesn't bother him.

Often not: But our design is protective here.The forehead in toddlers is thicker than other parts of the skull and if he shows no signs of altered behavior nor illness it is probably O.K. Make his brother stop roughing him up. ...Read more

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Forearm fracture in small child, what to do?

Forearm fracture in small child, what to do?

Variies: Some fractures in toddlers are little more than a dent in the bone, like a dent in a can.It is stable and is often just places in a soft splint. Others might require quite an elaborate cast. It all varies with the type and location of the injury. ...Read more

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Can i give ibuprofen to my child for fractured wrist?

Can i give ibuprofen to my child for fractured wrist?

Yes: Based on age Ibuprofen is safe when dosed properly. Look at the label info on the bottle. Usually children like the liquid form better. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

A bone fracture is a condition in which there is a break in the bone. It can be caused by a high force injury or it may result from a previous medical condition that involves weakening of the bone. Common symptoms include severe pain, swelling of the surrounding ...Read more