Talking to your child or teenager about their condition isn’t easy. With practical advice and support, we can help. Our qualified experts can answer your questions and help manage your concerns.
Share this article
There are several types of bone fractures that may occur in children, including:
The most frequent bone fracture treatment options are the following:
The needed treatment will depend on the type of bone fracture.
The treatment your child needs will depend on the type of fracture, age, overall health and medical history of your child. Each child is different and your orthopedic surgeon – a doctor specialized in conditions related to bones health, ligaments, tendons and muscles – will discuss with you the necessary and best treatment for your child’s bone fracture. Your orthopedic surgeon will also share with you your child’s recovery plan and will be with you along the entire treatment to ensure the treatment is proceeding as intended.
In case your child’s limb has been realigned with the use of an external fixator, your orthopedic surgeon will give you an estimate of how long your child’s recovery will take, as it depends on many factors: type of bone fracture, child’s age, overall child’s health and other co-factors. During the healing process, it’s important that your child stays active and starts mobilizing as soon and safely as possible: playing, going back to school, keeping up his/her daily routines. When back home, your child should meet other children and friends, enjoying their company to overcome the initial stress and limitations, and always following the instructions provided by the surgeon and hospital staff.
The pin-site is the area of skin crossed by pins or wires of the external fixator: it has to be checked carefully every day and kept constantly clean to prevent infections of your child’s limb. It’s very important that you follow exactly the instructions provided by your orthopedic surgeon and hospital staff.
The hardware will be removed from your child’s limb when the orthopedic surgeon is completely satisfied with the alignment and consolidation of the bone. Your child might need to wear a cast for a short while after the fixator frame has been removed.