Pediatric Wrist Braces & Hand Splints for Kids
Pediatric Size Orthopedic Braces for Children
Kids are constantly moving around, whether that be in sports, at school, around the yard, or even in the house. This makes children more vulnerable to injuries due to their bones are still growing and changing.
As a parent, it can be extremely difficult to try to prevent your child from falling, jamming their fingers, etc. If your child somehow was to injure themselves, it can be frustrating finding a pediatric brace that fits your son or daughter perfectly. Most orthopedic braces are made specifically for adults which leaves your child swimming in the brace.
Wrist & Hand Supports for Common Fractures in Adolescents
A common part of the body that children injure is the arm, hand, or fingers. These areas catch an adolescent if they’re about to fall, making them prone to fractures, sprains, and strains in the arm. Fractures are classified into two different categories, “non-displaced,” when the broken ends are in a normal position or “displaced,” when the two ends are separated.
Here are common fractures that occur in children’s arms or hands:
- Torus fracture: Also called a "buckle" fracture. When the topmost layer of bone on one side of the bone is compressed, causing the other side to bend away from the growth plate. This is a stable, nondisplaced fracture.
- Metaphyseal fracture: The break is across the shaft of the bone and does not affect the growth plate.
- Greenstick fracture: The break extends through a portion of the bone, causing it to bend on the other side.
- Galeazzi fracture: Affects both lower arm bones; there is usually a displaced fracture in the radius, and a dislocation at the wrist where the radius and ulna come together.
- Monteggia fracture: Affects both lower arm bones; there is usually a fracture in the ulna, and the head of the radius is dislocated. This is a very severe injury and requires urgent care.
- Growth plate fracture: Also called a physeal fracture. The break occurs at or across the growth plate. Usually these fractures affect the growth plate near the wrist on the radius.
There are two very important fractures above on this list that occur most frequently in children. Those being the greenstick fracture and buckle fracture. These fractures usually only happen to adolescents because it involves the bone bending but not breaking completely, whereas adult bones usually breaks completely if they were to get in an accident.
What are the most common treatments for these different fractures you ask? Although a cast may be an option that a doctor might offer, most individuals are moving towards using splints or removable braces for their child. Our youth wrist and thumb splint not only helps support the wrist but doesn’t restrict any swelling, allowing for the utmost comfort for your child.
Did your child injury their elbow or shoulder? Look at our pediatric elbow braces for more products for your son or daughter.
Kid’s Finger Injury Splint Support
Alongside arm and hand injuries come finger injuries in children. Children are prone to accidentally slipping their fingers in drawers, doors, or dropping something on their little fingers. If your child plays a youth sport such as basketball, finger jams are also common and can be painful. Some injuries may just need tape for a few days to help stabilize the finger, but others need extra attention that a piece of tape won’t suffice.
How do you know if your child needs a finger splint or medical attention? Check out some of these symptoms commonly paired with finger jams, breaks, and sprained fingers.
- Weakness or Numbness
- Inability to bend or move the finger
- Disfiguration, the finger is bent in an abnormal way
Making a Youth Pediatric Finger or Hand Splint Better for Your Child
Having your child in pain while healing from an injury is never fun, but there are many ways to comfort and make the healing process faster and easier.
Below are suggestions to consider for your injured child:
- One of the advantages to a removable splint, sling, or stabilizer is that you can adjust the straps to the ideal comfort and position for your child. Make sure when you’re securing the brace, to consider the swelling levels and adjust it based on that.
- To help speed up the healing, apply the treatment R.I.C.E to your kid’s injury. R.I.C.E stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. This treatment is advised for any injury. Read more on our blog!
- If your child has broken, fractured, or sprained their arm, wrist, or hand, a splint or cast is most commonly used to support and heal their injury. For a young child, it can be tiresome hauling around a heavy cast or brace. To help give extra support, add an arm sling or shoulder immobilizer to give their arm a break!
- Your child may not understand that when healing during an injury, they aren’t able to do as many of the activities they were used to when they were healthy. It’s a good idea to create fun and new ways your child can play safely while in a brace, that way they don’t feel as though they are missing out.
Can’t find the children’s brace you’re looking for? Check out BraceAbility’s pediatric braces to find the ideal brace for many different injuries!