Don’t Ignore Pain In Children
It can be tempting to ignore pain in children.
We have all seen in happen. A child falls at the park, takes a good look around to see whether anyone has seen and then starts to scream. Attention seeking behaviour for mums attention is common but could we be missing a real injury?
As a physio I have seen many cases where children have had broken arms for several days before a reluctant trip to A and E proved the child actually wasn’t exaggerating!
The problem is it can be very difficult to know.
History tells us a child can be screaming and crying and within 10 minutes is off running across a field after their brother who’s stolen their favourite toy.
So How Can We Save Ourselves 4 Hours In A and E?
This video helps parents understand key features they should lookout for to determine whether this may be a serious injury. Children in their development stages can be prone to different diseases such as Perthes, stress fractures or juvenile arthritis so its always a good idea to get it check by an expert physio if you’re unsure. To book a free discovery call please click here.
The Signs To Spot Whether Your Child Needs Physio
- When to know if a child is telling the truth
- Don’t ignore potential fracture
- Bruising on swelling : need assessment
- Pain in the morning
- Joint pain in multiple joints. ie my wrists and ankles hurt.
- Early management for growing pains.
- Conditioning muscles as children/ adolescents grow
- Dynamic stretches in some cases.
- Specific trauma – fallen off bike, fallen out of tree
- Look out for green stick fractures: deformity is not always present with these.
- Persistently reporting pain, particularly in the same location.
- Random large bruises with no trauma: straight to GP ( not Physio)