Greenstick fractures


– Hey, everyone, I’m Janice
from Thames Training. Today I wanted to talk to you
about greenstick fractures. So these often happen with
children under about the age of five or six. Their bones are really
flexible, like a green stick. So when they have a fall,
what happens is their bone flexes and flexes and
flexes, and rather than snap all the way through,
it breaks a little way, but the rest stays intact, and then when the pressure is released, the bone straightens up. We ask them, can they do
this, and they say yes, can they move their arm, yes, and we think, that’s
great, it’s not broken. And then we notice that, a bit later on, they look really quiet,
they’re really white, they’re not really moving their arm, and they don’t want to play. It probably means that it’s broken. It’s really important that we phone 111 and talk to them about where we should go to get it checked out. Greenstick fractures are
really hard to pick up, because the bones are still in alignment, so they can still move
their fingers or feet. There’s no necessarily outside symptoms. There’s no swelling, no
deformity, no bruising, no heat, and the children can’t
necessarily identify where it is that it hurts. So you need to use more
observational skills, but if at any time a
child stops using a limb in a normal way, it’s time
to get it checked out. Hope that’s helpful to you. I’m Janice from Thames Training, bye!

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