SHEFFIELD CHILDRENsS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST INFORMATION FOR THE CARE

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					SHEFFIELD CHILDREN’S NHS FOUNDATION TRUST INFORMATION FOR THE CARE OF SIMPLE FRACTURE OF THE COLLAR BONE (CLAVICLE)
Your child has a broken collar bone (also known as the clavicle).
A broken bone may also be referred to as cracked or fractured, these all mean the same thing.

How long must the arm be in a sling?
Exercise is very important. Your child should be encouraged to move their fingers and hand as soon as they can. Once pain allows they can gently move their arm. Your child can go to school but should wear the sling as directed above and should not take part in any PE, sport or rough activities for 6 weeks. 99.8 % of these fractures heal very well by themselves and do not require further followup. If you have any questions or concerns please ring the A&E department on 2717388

Why does the arm need to be in a sling?
In order to help healing and reduce pain the arm is put in a sling. The sling should be used for 10 days under clothes followed by 10 days over clothes, after that time gentle movement should be encouraged.

Can the sling be removed for washing?
The sling can be removed for washing. If your child leans forward, the arm will naturally move away from the body allowing you to wash under the armpit. It is important to then dry this area thoroughly.

What if my child will not keep the sling on all the time?
Some younger children will not keep their sling on, do not worry! They can use their arm as much as their pain allows and will limit themselves, but they should be stopped from rough play.

Will it be painful?
The injury can be very painful at first. It is often particularly uncomfortable in bed and sleeping propped up on extra pillows may help. Pain relief like Paracetamol (Calpol) or Ibuprofen (Junifen) should be given. Please do ask the doctor or nurse if you are not sure of the dose. For the first few days, the skin over the fracture may well be bruised and this will settle down on its own over the first week. If the skin appears to be breaking down or you are concerned about it please ring or come back to A&E.

Will there be any other symptoms to look for?
A lump will develop over the fracture site, which will be tender to start with (because of the bruising and soft tissue swelling) and later be hard and painless (as new bone starts to form as part of healing). This lump may persist for months, but, especially in the younger child, should eventually get smaller.

Information Leaflet number: Author/Contact:

113 (JM/rb/12/10/02) Julie Morcombe

For further advice please ring the A&E department on 01142717388

INFORMATION FOR THE CARE OF SIMPLE FRACTURE OF THE COLLAR BONE (CLAVICLE)

For further advice contact: Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, Main hospital number : 0114 271 7000
Patient Advice and Liaison Team Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust Western Bank Sheffield S10 2TH

Tel: 0114 271 7594 Trust web site address: http://www.sch.nhs.uk


				
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