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    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.

    • 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.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Dan Brennan, MD on September 15, 2015

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