Falling is a part of learning to be brave in the world. Thankfully, most falls don't lead to anything more serious than cuts, scrapes and bruises. While painful, these types of injuries are simple to treat at home.
If there is bone sticking through the skin or if the injured body part is bent in an obviously unnatural way, seek care at an emergency room. Your child might need extra medicine to make them more comfortable while their injury is being treated.
Most fractures in children can be handled at a pediatric urgent care. If you decide to monitor your child at home and they don't start using their injured body part normally within a day or so, it's important to have them evaluated by a medical professional.
This symptom guide is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you think your child may have a life threatening emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
Our Panic Free Symptom Checker for Kids is written and reviewed by expert physicians and medical professionals. Simply choose a symptom and answer a few questions to find a recommendation for your child’s issue.