Fractures, or broken bones, are a common childhood injury. Paediatric fractures differ from those experienced by adults due to differences in anatomy and biomechanics and therefore benefit from specialised care.
Paediatric fractures can occur in any bone of the body but are most commonly seen in wrists, arms and elbows. Paediatric fractures include complete fractures, where the parts of the fractured bone are separated and the more common incomplete fractures, such as torus (buckle), greenstick and bowing fractures. When the fracture causes an open wound, this is called a compound fracture. While many fractures can be treated with a splint or cast, some fractures do require surgery. The good news is that paediatric fractures heal more quickly than adult fractures, generally mending in around 4 weeks.