Toddler Fractures: What Parents Need to Know


by Azure Sullivan



Toddler Fractures: What Parents Need to Know

Kids Health Secrets | Blue Emerald Wellness

toddler with a fractured ankle

Find out about toddler fractures, what causes them, how you can prevent them, and what to do if you suspect a fracture.

If you are the parent of a toddler, then you need to read this blog. Toddler fractures can be very serious, and it is important that you know what to do if your child suffers one. In this post, we will discuss the causes of toddler fractures, how to prevent them, and what to do if your child suffers one. We will also provide some tips for making your child’s recovery as smooth as possible.

What are toddler fractures:

Toddler fractures most commonly occur in the lower extremity, typically the tibia, which is the large bone bottom of the leg (shin area). Occasionally, toddler fractures can occur in the metatarsals or bone of the foot.

Causes of toddler fractures:

toddler playing upsidedown

-The most common mechanism is running and twisting by an active toddler with or without a fall.

-Many times, this injury occurs without being noticed by parents. Instead, parents will notice a toddler that does not want to walk on the affected extremity or begins to limp.

-Some toddlers may be more prone to fractures due to their bone density or because they have a medical condition that increases their risk for fractures.

How to prevent toddler fractures:

-Make sure your child is supervised at all times when he or she is playing.

-Encourage your child to play safely and avoid activities that could lead to a fall or injury.

-If your child does participate in risky activities, make sure he or she wears the appropriate safety gear, such as helmets and padding.

-Ensure that your child’s home is toddler-proofed and free of hazards that could lead to a fall.

What to do if your toddler suffers a fracture:

-If you suspect that your child has fractured a bone, call your pediatrician or take him or her to the nearest emergency room immediately. Do not try to treat the injury at home.

-The doctor will perform an examination and may order some imaging tests, such as an X-ray, to determine the extent of the fracture.

-Once the fracture is diagnosed, the doctor will develop a treatment plan. This may include immobilization with a cast, and/or medication.

-It is important that you follow the doctor’s instructions closely so that your child can make a full recovery.

Tips for making your child’s fracture recovery smooth:

-Make sure you keep all of your appointments with the doctor and follow his or her instructions closely.

-If your child is in a cast, make sure to keep it clean and dry. Do not let your child soak the cast in water or scratch it. Don’t put or allow your child to put any objects in the cast.

-If your child is experiencing pain, elevated the extremity, give him or her the appropriate medication as prescribed by the doctor.

-Encourage your child to move his or her injured extremity as instructed by the doctor. This will help to prevent stiffness and promote healing.

-Provide lots of encouragement and support to your child during his or her recovery.

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Authored by Azure Sullivan

Reviewed by Dr. Christopher Haines

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