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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. John Landi
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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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What are the discharged planning needs for a child with a fracture?

What are the discharged planning needs for a child with a  fracture?

Pediatric fracture : The discharge planning depends on the location of the fracture and the age of the patient. Is it upper or lower extremity, is a cast on the child, how much pain does the child have, are they any surgical wounds that have to be cared for. These are questions that your doctor can answer for you. ...Read more

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Why in a accident does a child only suffer a greenstick fracture but not a complete break?

Why in a accident does a child only suffer a greenstick fracture but not a complete break?

Complete break...: ...Is also possible, depending on the force of the injury; but children have softer, less brittle bones that can buckle without coming apart. ...Read more

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Clinically diagnosed fractured sacroilliac joint during child birth 15 months ago but still inlot of pain will i be able to have more child in future?

Clinically diagnosed fractured sacroilliac joint during child birth 15 months ago but still inlot of pain will i be able to have more child in future?

Yes: The sacroiliac pain should not prevent another childbirth. However, the pain there may continue to worsen during/after another pregnancy. You may consider talking to an orthopedic surgeon who would be able to fuse the joint together to get rid of the pain. ...Read more

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Does having a fractured clavicle mean that there was child abuse?

Does having a fractured clavicle mean that there was child abuse?

Usually not: This is a very common accidental injury at all ages, even in the process of getting born. It's not the typical injury inflicted by an abuser. ...Read more

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Is a women able to have a child with ankloysing after vertebrae fractures and surgery?

Is a women able to have a child with ankloysing after vertebrae fractures  and surgery?

Yes: Yes, you likely should not have any problem conceiving or having a child solely based on your spinal surgery/fracture, as vertebral fractures don't affect the shape/morphology of you pelvic inlet/outlet. However, you have to discuss this with a spine surgeon in your area. They may need to evaluate you, and then review your post-operative images and any residual symptoms. ...Read more

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I have been breaking a lot of bones lately. I did as a child too. I have suffered over 14 fractures, many over last 3 what is wrong with my bones?

I have been breaking a lot of bones lately. I did as a child too. I have suffered over 14 fractures, many over last 3  what is wrong with my bones?

Depends: Some people that have multiple fracture may have had legitimate injuries that have caused fractures through normal bone; others will have something wrong with their bones that causes them to fracture. A work up including a bone density test and blood work should be done at a minimum. Thank you. ...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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Child humerus buckle fracture, is follow up really necessary?

Child humerus buckle fracture, is follow up really necessary?

Yes: It is important to follow the healing process through to the end...Especially in children who's growth plates are still open. ...Read more

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What type of activities can cause a fracture in a child's finger?

Many Things: Almost anything that puts unusual stree or torque on the finger can cause a fracture. Falls, blows suach a baseball, excessive twisting are examples. ...Read more

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Could someone have a problem later if too many fractures and wrist or hand xrays as a child?

Could someone have a problem later if too many fractures and wrist or hand xrays as a child?

Maybe: It depends on how the fractures healed and how well your body remodeled the bones as you grew. As long as there is not much residual deformity, it is unlikely to cause a problem. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more