Broken bones are not rarities for children, especially extremely active ones. While older kids may injure a leg in contact sports, young children often get breaks in their arms, elbows and wrists, usually because they’ve braced themselves after a tumble. Unfortunately, the recovery can be just as troubling as the injury itself if children are not guided properly. Sure plenty of rest is easy to say, but here are some tips to help you along the way.
- Get plenty of vitamin D. Vitamin D helps to increase calcium absorption and helps regulate the calcification and mineralization of bones.
- Increase your bone building mineralsSince your child’s body is working on repairing their bone, we want to make sure there are plenty of building blocks to work with. People usually associate bone with calcium which is good, but there are lots of other trace minerals that are necessary, such as zinc, copper, phosphorus, silicon.
- Get plenty of protein. Proteins are needed to build body structures! What most people don’t realize, is that beyond the minerals, bone is also largely made up of protein – mostly collagen and glycosaminoglycans, and both can be found in bone broth.
- When you have a cast on your arm or leg you will need to keep it dry when you have a shower or a bath.
- Rest the limb as much as possible to help your body heal.
- Having a cast can be itchy and uncomfortable for a while but do not scratch underneath the cast. It could infect with germs.
- You will need to have the cast on for 4 to 6 weeks or longer, so put together activities to entertain your child while they are inactive.
- The cast is keeping your limb still so this means that the muscles around the break will get weaker. After the cast is taken off you will be given some exercises to do, and you may need to go to a physiotherapist for special treatment for a while until your arm or leg is strong again.
- Up the anti-inflammatory nutrients. With a break comes inflammation and damage from the rupturing tissues releasing free-radicals. Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nutrients such as: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin A (beta-carotene) selenium, manganese, will help the healing process.