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Bone Fractures
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Kids take a lot of falls; some, unfortunately, are bigger than others. So when your child says they felt (or even heard) a bone break, you need to check it out. If the area looks or moves unnaturally, appears bruised or swollen or it is painful for your child to move, call your pediatrician immediately—it could be a fracture.
A Short Break
The first days after getting a cast will probably be the most painful for your child. Keeping the leg raised on a pillow or chair may help reduce swelling. How long will it take before they bounce back? That's the best part: children's bones heal faster than adults.
Safety First
Because so many broken bones are the result of accidents, you should always take proper safety precautions with your child. In the car, make sure your child wears a seatbelt. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the safety standard for child restraint systems requires children 80 lbs or less to occupy either a child seat or booster seat (based on their height and weight). When playing sports, make sure your child wears proper safety gear.

Milk It for All It's Worth
The stronger your child's bones, the less likely a fall will result in a fracture. Ensure your child has a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D to promote strong, healthy bone growth. Foods rich in these nutrients include milk, cheese, yogurt, broccoli and dark leafy greens.
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