What happens: A segment of a bone is forced out of place. Symptoms can include bone misalignment, limited motion, or a snapping sound.
What to do: If you suspect a skull, neck, back, or pelvic fracture, keep your child still and call 911 immediately. If the break occurs in an arm or leg, immobilize the limb and take her to the emergency room.
What not to do: Never attempt to straighten or change the position of a dislocated joint or broken bone. Avoid giving your child anything to eat or drink, since there is a possibility that surgery will be necessary.
Reviewed 2/02 by Jane Forester, MD
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