If you suspect your child has a broken bone, it’s important to get them care quickly so that their bones can heal properly.
You should consider taking your child to the emergency room if any of the following are true:
- The skin is not intact (i.e., the bone has pierced through the skin)
- Your child feels numbness or tingling in the broken/injured area
- You cannot control your child's pain
2. If your child is diagnosed with a broken bone, follow your doctor's orders.
- It’s important to seek early treatment for all fractures, as children’s bones heal quickly and may not be in the correct place.
- Visit a pediatric orthopaedic specialist or pediatric hand specialist* approximately five to seven days after the injury. Bring any X-rays you may have on a CD to your appointment.
*Pediatric hand surgeons who perform services at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta are independent providers and are not our employees.
3. If you have questions, call Fracture Care at 404-785-4913.