Treating a Child's Broken Finger
Call 911 if:
- The bone has broken through the skin.
- The finger is bleeding heavily.
- The finger is numb, white, or blue.
- The finger has been amputated or the nail bed is affected.
With the right treatment, broken fingers usually heal well. So it's important to see a doctor right away.
Call Doctor If:
You think your child has broken a finger.
1. Examine the Injury
- Do not try to straighten the finger.
- If the bone has broken through the skin, do not touch it. Drape gauze or a clean diaper over the injury, control the bleeding, and get emergency help.
2. Make a Splint
- Wrap the finger with a soft cloth.
- Splint the wrapped finger by taping it to an adjacent non-broken finger.
- Make sure the splint and wrapping aren't cutting off circulation. Watch for signs such as numbness, warmth, or changes in skin color.
3. Reduce Swelling
- Ice the finger for a few minutes at a time. Wrap ice in a towel or cloth to avoid injuring the skin.
- If possible, keep your child's hand elevated.
4. Get Help
- Go to the pediatrician's office or the emergency room.