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Health Information For Parents
Today my son fell at the playground and broke his arm. How long will the bone take to heal? – Debra
Broken bones have an amazing ability to heal, especially in children. New bone forms within a few weeks of the injury, although full healing can take longer.
Your son’s arm was probably put in a cast or splint. Casts and splints hold broken bones in place as they heal. Be sure to take care of the cast or splint so that it stays in good condition and doesn’t cause skin irritation.
A broken bone is a common, treatable childhood injury. Most breaks heal well. Within a few months, kids usually are back to all the activities they enjoyed before the broken bone.
Many kids will have a broken bone at some point. Here’s what to expect.
Broken bones have an amazing ability to heal, especially in kids. Full healing can take time, but new bone usually forms a few weeks after an injury.
Casts keep bones and other tissues in place while they heal. Here’s what to expect, and how to care for casts.
A splint is a support device that keeps an injured area from moving. Doctors often use splints to hold bones and joints in place so they can heal after a fracture.
A broken bone needs emergency medical care. Here’s what to do if you think your child just broke a bone.
You’ll get an X-ray if your doctor thinks you might have a broken bone. Find out how X-rays are done in this video for kids.
What happens when you break a bone?
Bones are tough stuff – but even tough stuff can break. Find out what happens when a bone fractures.
Some injuries will heal best if a cast is used. Find out how they work and how to take care of them in this article for kids.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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