Displaced Fracture

What To Do If Your Child Has A Displaced Fracture

A displaced fracture is a severe bone break where the two ends of the fractured bone become separated out of their regular position.  Sometimes the ends of the bone may even pierce through the skin like in a compound fracture or the bones can stay in the skin like a closed fracture.  Kids play hard and they fall harder so fractures or broken bones are bound to happen.  Typically, fractures in children occur in the forearm, wrist and above the elbow because when they stumble, their first instinct is to break their fall with their hands.

Is It Broken?

While falls are part of childhood, not every one has to result in a displaced fracture.  Traditional signs are swelling, pain and deformity but if the bones are not displaced, it is often harder to tell.  Signs to look for include:

What Do You Do?

If you think that your child may have a displaced fracture, it is important to not move your them and call an ambulance if you suspect that they may have an injury to the neck, head or back.  Also, you should keep the child stationary if the bone is penetrating through the skin.  If this is the case, you need to apply pressure with a clean cloth to absorb the blood but do not try to push the bone back or wash the wound.


For injuries that appear to be less serious, you should stabilize the injury by:

Types Of Fractures

An X-ray will be able to determine if your child has a displaced fracture or not.  Keep in mind that children have very soft bones so they often bend rather than break.

The most important thing to remember whether your child has a displaced fracture or any other type of injury is to remain calm.  If you panic, your child will also react the same way which will do nothing to help the situation.