Kids

  • Sever's Disease

    Sever's Disease What Is Sever's Disease? Sever's disease is a swelling and irritation of the growth plate in the heel. The growth plate is a layer of cartilage near the end of a bone where most of the bone's growth happens. It is weaker and more at risk for injury than the rest of the bone. Luckily, Sever's disease usually goes away within a few months and doesn't cause lasting problems. What Are the Signs of ...
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  • Growth Plates

    Growth Plates What Is a Growth Plate? Growth plates are the areas of new bone growth in kids and teens. They're made up of cartilage, a rubbery, flexible material (your nose is made of cartilage). Most growth plates are near the ends of long bones. Long bones are bones that are longer than they are wide. They include: the femur (thighbone) the lower legs (tibia and fibula) the forearm (radius and ulna) the ...
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  • Panner's Disease

    Panner's Disease What Is Panner's Disease? Panner's disease happens from temporary changes in a bone called the capitellum. It's the outside bone of the elbow at the end of the upper arm bone (the humerus). Healing can take time, but most kids with Panner's disease do well and have no lasting problems. What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Panner's Disease? Panner's disease causes elbow pain around the outside part ...
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  • Organize, Focus, Get It Done Quiz

    Organize, Focus, Get It Done Quiz To get your homework done, you need to follow three steps: Organize, focus, and get it done. Take this quiz to see how well you do in each category and get some useful tips for improving these important skills. They come in handy no matter what you're trying to do — from writing a report to redecorating your bedroom.
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  • 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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