Kids

  • Comminuted Fractures

    Comminuted Fractures What's a Comminuted Fracture? A comminuted (say: kah-muh-NOOT-ed) fracture is a type of broken bone. The bone is broken into more than two pieces. How Do Comminuted Fractures Happen? It takes a lot of force for someone to get a comminuted fracture. A car accident or serious fall, for instance, can cause this type of break. How Are Comminuted Fractures Treated? A kid who gets a comminuted fracture ...
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  • Splints

    Splints What Is a Splint? A splint is a support device made of hard material that keeps an injured area from moving. What Do Splints Do? Splints hold bones and joints in place so they can heal after a broken bone, injury, or surgery. Splints also can help with problems that affect the joints (such as arthritis ) or muscles (such as a weakness or paralysis of a muscle). What Are Splints Made of? A splint ...
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  • Greenstick Fractures

    Greenstick Fractures What's a Greenstick Fracture? A greenstick fracture is a type of broken bone. A bone cracks on one side only, not all the way through the bone. It is called a "greenstick" fracture because it can look like a branch that has broken and splintered on one side. Who Gets Greenstick Fractures? Most greenstick fractures happen in kids younger than 10 years old. That's because kids' bones are softer and ...
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  • Buckle Fractures

    Buckle Fractures What's a Buckle Fracture? A buckle fracture is a type of broken bone. One side of a bone bends, raising a little buckle, without breaking the other side of the bone. Who Gets Buckle Fractures? Buckle fractures — also called torus (say: TORE-uss) fractures — usually happen in kids under 10 years old. That's because kids' bones are softer and more flexible than adult bones. So the injury ...
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  • How Broken Bones Heal

    How Broken Bones Heal Broken bones have an amazing ability to heal, especially in kids. New bone forms within a few weeks of the injury, although full healing can take longer. How Do Casts & Splints Help Broken Bones Heal? Casts and splints hold broken bones in place while they heal. In about a month or so, new hard bone has formed and the cast or splint usually can come off. After the cast or splint comes off, you ...
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  • Jock Itch

    Jock Itch What Is Jock Itch? Jock itch is a fungal infection of the skin that affects the groin, upper thighs, and buttocks. What Causes Jock Itch? Jock itch is a common skin infection that is caused by a fungus (say: FUN-guss). A fungus is a plant-like microorganism (say: my-kro-OR-guh-niz-um) too small to be seen by the naked eye. Who Gets Jock Itch? Jock itch mostly happens in teen and young adult guys. ...
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  • What Do Kids Feel Sad About? (Slideshow)

    What Do Kids Feel Sad About? (Slideshow) It's normal to feel sad at times. When you feel sad, pay attention to why. Knowing what's behind your sadness lets you think of things you can do to create a better mood. Here are some of the reasons why kids get sad — and things you can do to help yourself feel better when they happen to you.
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  • Ringworm

    Ringworm What Is Ringworm? It sounds like the name of a creep-crawly bug. But ringworm isn't an animal — it's a contagious infection on the skin, scalp, or nails that's caused by a type of germ called a fungus. It's called ringworm because of how the rash looks — it's shaped like a ring that is red and swollen on the edge and healthy-looking in the center. Ringworm affects people of all ages, ...
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  • Your Changing Body: Answers for Girls With Autism

    Your Changing Body: Answers for Girls With Autism As you get older, your body will change — on the inside and the outside. This is part of growing up. It's called puberty. What Is Puberty? Puberty is when a person's body changes from a kid to an adult. Girls become women. Boys become men. The changes of puberty happen slowly. When things change, it can feel a little scary. Knowing what to expect can help you feel better. When you have ...
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  • Your Changing Body: Answers for Boys With Autism

    Your Changing Body: Answers for Boys With Autism As you get older, your body changes. This is part of growing up. It's called puberty. What Is Puberty? Puberty is when a person's body changes as they go from being a kid to an adult. Boys become men. Girls become women. The changes of puberty happen slowly. When things change, it can feel a little scary, but knowing what to expect can help you feel better. When you have questions, ask your mom, ...
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