A fractured forearm

A fracture is a break in a bone. Fractures of the forearm can involve one or both bones in the forearm.

A child with a fractured forearm can experience:

  • pain and tenderness
  • swelling
  • deformity
  • abnormal movement at the fracture site.

An X-ray will be taken of your child’s arm to confirm a fracture. Depending on the type of break, your child may go to the operating theatre to have the arm put into a plaster of Paris cast. After going to the operating theatre, your child will usually stay four to six hours or overnight in hospital. One parent is welcome to stay the night to support and comfort your child. Nurses will help to control any pain with medicine either through an IV drip or oral medications such as paracetamol.

You can find out more about the procedure in this patient information brochure.