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Has anyone had a child that has had a broken forearm, had a splint applied & then removed due to being too tight next day?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: It happens

That is why it was a splint not a cast.
Splints can be loosened when/if related swelling occurs. Sometimes keeping the arm up and cooled with cold compresses doesn't stop the swelling.Splints can be loosened to accommodate swelling at home, and re tightened as the swelling fades. After the swelling has gone down a cast may be applied if needed.

In brief: It happens

That is why it was a splint not a cast.
Splints can be loosened when/if related swelling occurs. Sometimes keeping the arm up and cooled with cold compresses doesn't stop the swelling.Splints can be loosened to accommodate swelling at home, and re tightened as the swelling fades. After the swelling has gone down a cast may be applied if needed.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Mandakini Patel
Pediatrics

In brief: Splint too tight

When you havev a fracture there is soft tissue swelling which increases over time.
If the splint was put on soon after the injury there is ongoing tissue swelling and this causes the spllint to become too tight. Hence it needs to be redone.

In brief: Splint too tight

When you havev a fracture there is soft tissue swelling which increases over time.
If the splint was put on soon after the injury there is ongoing tissue swelling and this causes the spllint to become too tight. Hence it needs to be redone.
Dr. Mandakini Patel
Dr. Mandakini Patel
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