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

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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
A person's bones become harder (calcified) and more brittle with age and the periosteum becomes thinner and less restrictive. Greenstick fractures usually occur most often during infancy and childhood when bones are soft.
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