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What we call a broken bone is actually caused by a fracture to the bone, and it can be very painful when it happens. Although children heal faster than adults when it comes to mending and healing the broken bone, it can still be very painful, and a lot of care and precaution needs to be taken during this juncture. The good thing is that while wounds and skin injuries leave behind a scar, bones heal without causing any scars and they mend really fast when it comes to young children.
The blood that clots in between the bones during the fracture helps the cells to form new bones. A somewhat hard part is formed underneath the skin. This is actually a weak form of the new born, and this is the time when you have to be very cautious. Your child will stop feeling any pain now, as the new bone is forming, but any undue pressure or exertion to the area will carry the danger of the bones bending or breaking again. So give the healing at least to three to six weeks for the area to become perfectly strong.
Slowly and steadily, the older bone is replaced by new cells and a new bone forms, as your child is young, the old bone will even be formed in a straightened position, even if it has healed in a bent manner. This is because bones heal and form faster in children.
Be sure to consult your orthopedic surgeon, who is the best person to advise you on how much time your child needs to take rest, so that the bone is fully formed and has healed perfectly well. Usually, when a child breaks his arm, it may take him about six weeks to heal, but if it is a leg, it could take much longer. Some children heal faster while others take longer.
Once the cast is removed, your child may feel some stiffness for some time. Do not worry about this, once his activities resume, the stiff feeling will soon go away. Again, ask the doctor for advice on how fast you can allow your child to start off his activities- do not be in a hurry to set him off on sports and other strenuous activities too soon. Any undue strain may endanger the healing bone, that is still fragile for some time, before it becomes strong like the other bones.
Give your child plenty of fruits, vegetables and calcium-infused products. Ask your doctor to guide you on the daily diet that has to be followed. Looking after him properly in this stage will ensure that your child heals and recovers from the broken bone faster.