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Discharge advice: Following attendance with a paediatric (children’s) ‘buckle’ fracture of the arm/wrist

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Your child has suffered a ‘buckle’ fracture of the arm and wrist.

This is the most common type of fracture in young children. Young bone is still soft and flexible. For this reason, instead of breaking all the way through, the bone small crack or kink on one side only.

X-ray showing a buckle fracture in the arm / wrist

What should I expect and what can I do to help my child’s arm/ wrist to heal?

This fracture heals very well in a simple splint, which needs to be worn for three weeks.

In the early stages it is important to give your child appropriate doses of paracetamol or ibuprofen to help with the pain.

After three weeks the splint can be removed and simply day-to-day activities are encouraged.

In the first few weeks after splint removal the wrist is still likely to be a little sore and stiff. Strenuous and sports activities are only allowed when there is no pain and with normal wrist movements.

If your child is reluctant to use the wrist please contact the fracture clinic for advice or follow-up.

Physiotherapy advice

No specific physiotherapy exercises or advice required for this injury.

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