Care for kids with broken bones
How to get fracture care for your child
Think your child has a broken bone? Children's Hospital offers a variety of different ways to get quick and convenient treatment.
Call Central Scheduling
Make an appointment weekdays with an orthopedic specialist at our hospital in Milwaukee or outpatient clinic in Greenfield by calling Central Scheduling at (414) 607-5280 or (877) 607-5280 (toll-free).
Children's Urgent Care
Nights and weekends, visit one of our many urgent care locations.
When to go to the ER
If the injury seems bad (severe pain, bleeding or bone bent the wrong way), go straight to Children's Hospital's ER. An orthopedic specialist always is on call.
Call our Orthopedics Nurseline at (414) 266-2411. An orthopedic nurse is available 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to answer your questions. We'll call you back within two hours. Messages can be left anytime.
Only a pediatric orthopedic specialist has the advanced training and expertise to provide the care and treatment kids need.
Since kids are still growing, special care also needs to be taken so growth plates aren't damaged. This is especially true in the teenage years when kids are going through growth spurts. Growth plates are the parts of bones that make you grow taller, so an injured growth plate could lead to crooked or misshapen bones, limbs that are too short or even arthritis later in life.
Video: How growth plates impact broken bones in children
Signs and symptoms of broken bones
If your child falls or is injured, here are some common signs and symptoms that might mean he or she has broken a bone:
- You or your child heard a snapping sound during the injury.
- There's swelling, bruising or tenderness around the injured body part, and it hurts when your child moves, touches or presses on it. If it's a leg injury, it probably hurts to put weight on it.
- The injured body part doesn't look normal and might even be bent the wrong way. With a really bad break, the bone might come right through the skin.
Making kids (and parents) more comfortable
Depending on the injury, sometimes a waterproof cast can be used. Some injuries just may need a splint or special brace. Surgery ususally is just for bad breaks. Kids actually can choose from a wide range of cast colors, plus sparkles or stripes.