When your child has injured themselves, it may be difficult to determine
if it is a sprain or broken bone. If you are unsure, then you
should always call or visit your closest pediatric urgent care for immediate help. However, there
are some clear signs that your child might have a broken bone.
The Injured Limb Is Noticeably Deformed
If your child’s arm, leg, or other limb has sustained an injury,
it may look deformed from a broken bone. Deformities might include the
broken bone poking through the skin or the limb hanging at an odd angle.
Broken bones will also cause swelling and bruising around the immediate
injury and possibly the surrounding areas.
It Is Painful to Move or Touch
Though a sprained limb may be painful to move, a broken limb will be even
more painful to move and cause pain if it is touched. Your child may not
be able to move the limb at all or without extreme pain and difficulty.
If your child has sustained an injury to the leg, then he or she will
not be able to put weight on it. This may warrant a temporary wheelchair
when entering the urgent care for children.
There Was an Audible Snap
It is possible to hear a noise when the injury occurred. This is a clear
sign that a limb may have been broken. You or your child may have heard
a snap as the bone broke. Another sign could be hearing a grinding noise
during the injury. If you or your child heard a noise when the injury
happened, then head to your nearest urgent care facility right away.
Broken or sprained bones should never be ignored. Please visit
Pediatrics After Hours at one of our four urgent care facilities near the DFW area, if your child
has sustained an injury. We host over a dozen pediatricians at our pediatric
urgent care, so please call us if you have any questions. We are available
at (214) 363-7242.