A broken limb? How to keep your child comfortable

by - Monday, August 19, 2019

Every child goes through phases of falling over and getting into bumps and scrapes. Sometimes, though, this can result in more serious fractures. When it comes to looking after your child with a broken leg, arm or even with a sprained ankle, half of the battle is keeping them comfortable. While adults have the self-restraint to be careful after an injury, kids are often inclined to keep living life as they did beforehand.

Keep the limb lifted

This can be the tricky part – particularly if you have a child that’s prone to fidgeting. Your child might be a bit put out at the news that they will need to sit propped up for a while during the time it takes for their limb to heal. It’s said that keeping it lifted will help prevent swelling, particularly during the first few days of it being in a cast. This is also important for circulation benefits – and so popping a movie on might help keep them distracted while they rest.

Wear comfortable socks

If your child has to wear a brace to support them when walking or correct any alignment issues, these can be quite uncomfortable. It’s therefore vital that you give them knitwear to wear underneath that aids their overall comfort. Cheaper alternatives can often pinch and create more discomfort for your little one. KAFO socks and AFO socks, for example, are especially designed to sit underneath the brace without wrinkling and causing more issues. Using a pair of AFO brace socks could help them stay comfortable while they move around.

Excellent aftercare

To improve the healing process for your child, it’s important to give them excellent aftercare. Ensuring that their diet is rich in Vitamin D, and of course, Calcium, will aid their recovery, and ultimately, their future comfort. Keeping their dinner plate full of vegetables, legumes, pulses, and their favorite food will help them get the nutrients they need.

If they have a broken limb, you will need to encourage your child to look after their plaster-cast. Ensuring that they protect their cast and keep it clean and protected will not only help their leg heal but also prevent any accidents or complications. For example, you will need to explain that their cast is an important medical solution to their broken limb and should be kept clean. Doctors sometimes find that pens and pencils have been pushed down into the cast – which, although amusing for the child, can cause problems. Aftercare is essential to preventing a postponed recovery – although it can be frustrating for your child if they are particularly energetic and want to get back to their usual routine.

Keeping your child comfortable after a nasty break or fall can be quite tough. Plasters often cause itching, and the aftercare side of treatment can involve a fair amount of discipline. However, by using comfortable socks, encouraging them to look after their plaster cast so that they heal in plenty of time and providing them with a healthy diet, your child will be back to their fighting-self in no-time.

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