Taking part in sporting activities is important for children since it teaches them discipline and improves their general health. However these pursuits are not entirely harmless, since they lead to numerous emergency rooms visits each year. Common injures sustained by children taking part in sporting activities include fractures or broken bones, dislocated joints, torn ligaments, sprains, strains and even concussions.
If your child sustains any sports related injury, ensuring that they get adequate rest until their healthcare provider declares them healed is one of the best things you can do to help them recover. When resting at home, if their doctor recommended elevation, make sure that the injured part is always higher than the heart by placing it on a pillow.
If the child injured an arm or a leg which has been wrapped with a bandage or cast, examine their fingers or toes episodically to look for discoloration, which can suggest that they are not getting enough blood. Combine this with asking them if their digits are getting numb since this is another sign that the cast or bandage is too tight and needs to be loosened.
Ensuring that your child eats foods which are good sources of protein is another way you can help their sports injury heal faster. Examples of such foods include chicken, fish, beef and other meats, as well as legumes like beans and lentils. Yogurt is another good source of protein which is doubly beneficial for children with broken bones, since it is also rich in calcium.
Making sure that the child with the sports injury is taking their medications as prescribed is another way of helping them recover. This should be combined with doing any recommended home exercises. If the doctor has prescribed crutches, ensure that they are being used to support the child’s weight correctly.
Last, but not least
Finally do not force your child to return to the sporting activity before they are cleared by their healthcare provider or if they are still in pain.
Written by: Marian Kim, FizzNiche Staff Writer