It’s pretty simple he says. They’re running, jumping, playing, and just plain having fun.
Summer affords kids more time outdoors than during the school year, and accidents happen frequently whether riding bikes, at the pool, or attending sports-based summer camps.
Because kids are reluctant to stop playing or doing an activity when they’re really having fun, Dr. Rodriguez says one of the greatest challenges for parents is knowing when their child may have broken something. Children’s bones and tissue also don’t swell up as dramatically as an adult because their bones are softer, so it’s not as obvious.
“If I broke my arm, it would be swelling up,” says Dr. Rodriguez. “They can break them, and it won’t swell as much…it won’t look as crooked.”
Two factors that may indicate a broken bone are:
- One bone (such as the wrist) looks different than the other one.
- Complaints of pain or discomfort are ongoing for at least an hour following a fall or run-in with someone or something.
If you suspect a broken bone, Dr. Rodriguez suggests seeking medical help immediately.
The good news is that kids’ bones often heal faster than adult bones, so they can get back to their summer fun after proper casting of about four weeks.
Although you can’t protect your child from everything, Dr. Rodriguez suggests a few simple tips for preventing summer broken bones in the full news article.