Buckle Fracture - Child
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- What has happened?
- What should I expect?
- What should I do?
- What should I not do?
- Will I be followed up?
- What if I have concerns/questions?
What has happened?
- Your child has a buckle injury, which means there is a small area of compressed bone in the wrist
- This type of break is common in children, and normally heals well without an operation
What should I expect?
- Their wrist may be tender, swollen, and painful to move
- They will be placed in a removable cast or a wrist brace by the Emergency Department (ED) staff, which they should keep on for 3 weeks.
What should I do?
- The cast or splint can be removed whilst they are bathing and showering
- If it is more comfortable they can also keep their arm in a sling
- If your child seems to be in pain, they should be given simple pain relief (e.g. paracetamol and ibuprofen)
- After three weeks in a removable cast or splint it can be removed. Their wrist may be slightly sore and stiff initially.
What should I not do?
- Your child should avoid contact sports and activities (e.g. rugby, trampoline, play fighting) while in the cast or splint, and then for a further 3 weeks after the cast or splint has been removed.
Will I be followed up?
- You should follow up with your GP in 3 weeks to remove the cast/splint. No further x-ray will be required.
What if I have concerns/questions?
- If your injury is not settling or you are worried about how it is healing, please see your GP - take your ACC form/number with you
- Please seek medical attention if you experience the following:
- Increasing severe pain in the arm or hand
- Numbness or tingling in the arm or hand
- You child still does not use the arm or hand after a few days of the splint or cast has been removed