Help your Child Recover from a Broken Bone

26.3.20

No matter how much you can protect your children and tell them not to do something, accidents can always happen. As a child myself I was happily playing on a slide with my siblings one minute and then one unfortunate movement later, I had fractured a bone in my leg! You shouldn't feel like a failure if this happens to you as a parent - most children are resilient enough to bounce straight back. But there are a few things you can do to help your child to recover quicker if a fracture or break does happen. In this post I am going to share a few of these, to hopefully give you some ideas and reassurance.

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What to do after the Injury?
If your child required surgery or to be in a cast for a long time, then it's essential that you compete physiotherapy after. Physiotherapy is a vital stage because it ensures that there are no complications, by helping to restore function, increase strength, improve mobility, of course reduce any pain they might experience. It is advised to begin physiotherapy as soon as possible after the immobilisation period, as this will give the greatest chance of preventing complications. Timescales for this will differ depending on the injury, so it's best to seek medical advice on this.

Choose a physiotherapist that boasts all of the necessary qualifications and are exceptionally experienced, especially in post-fracture rehab. They are a whole host of different treatments available to help aid recovery, including strengthening exercises, flexibility exercises, massages, and gripping exercises. If you’re worried about the cost, it is worth looking into personal injury lawyers who offer top-notch legal solutions if the accident was not your fault.

What Can you do from Home?
After a big accident like this, then it is important to rest and relax as much as possible. Don't add any extra strain on the affected area (although this can difficult with very young children). Self-care is one of the most vital components when it comes to post-fracture rehab and plays an important role in recovery. Your child can of course take any needed pain medications if needed, but try not to rely on these too much. 

It might be that you need to adapt your home, and family routine, during this time too. Create a comfortable area for your child to relax in, and don't be afraid to provide more screen time than usual - it may stop them moving about too much! And definitely make sure you have in their favourite snacks, this will undoubtedly cheer anyone up during this difficult time.

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