FRACTURES IN CHILDREN Beloit Health System's
When Your Child Breaks a Bone Orthopedic Team
Children are active, adventurous and pliable, which means a bone could bend
not always careful. That combination, rather than break during an injury or
unfortunately, often leads to broken bones accident.
or fractures – common injuries sustained A CLOSER LOOK AT FRACTURES
by children and a leading reason to see an The following are types of fractures that
orthopedic surgeon. could occur in children: Dr. Emmy Ho Dr. Leighton
In children, broken bones are often the result Johnson Jr.
• A single fracture – the bone is broken
of an accidental fall, a sports injury or a in one place only.
vehicle accident. Fractures often happen in • A comminuted fracture – the bone
summertime when kids spend more is broken into two or more pieces or
time outdoors. crushed.
HOW PEDIATRIC ORTHOPEDICS IS UNIQUE • A complete fracture – the bone is
Bones in children are different from adult completely broken into two pieces.
bones in a number of ways, which calls for • A greenstick fracture – the bone is Dr. Ajmal Matloob Dr. John Orwin
different treatment than adults. For example, cracked only on one side, not com-
children’s bones have a remarkable ability to pletely through.
heal quickly and the younger the child, the • An open fracture – the bone is sticking if a bone is broken. If an accident or injury
more this is true. This capacity for healing through the skin. has occurred, it’s best to bring your child
allows orthopedic specialists to cast or • A bowing fracture –the bone bends but in for an examination and X-rays. Without
splint children’s bones as they heal, rather doesn’t break; this can only happen in timely treatment of a fracture, the bone will
than requiring a surgical option, which is children. begin to heal itself – often in a compromised
more common in adults. position.
With most severe breaks, your child will
Because children are growing, their bones experience sharp pain and you will most If immediate help is needed, please take
contain growth plates where new bone cells likely be aware that a bone is broken. your child to Beloit Health System’s
divide quickly. A fracture in or near a child’s However, there are many cases – especially 24-hour Emergency Center or NorthPointe
growth plate can have major long-term if the fracture is small – when your child Immediate Care, open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
effects. Children’s bones are also extremely may not feel pain at all and you won’t know Monday-Friday.
Caribbean Watermelon Salsa
Try this mouth-watering salsa (and a good source of Vitamin C)
with lime tortilla chips, cinnamon tortilla chips or pita chips.
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Number of servings: 8
2 cups watermelon, chopped and ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
seeded (or get seedless!) ¼ cup orange juice
1 cup chopped fresh pineapple 1 tablespoon jerk seasoning
1 cup chopped onion
In large bowl, combine all ingredients; mix well. Refrigerate, covered, at least one
hour to blend flavors. Stir and remove liquid before serving.