(HealthDayNews) -- After a fall, some kids cry out that they've broken a bone in their arm or leg. But how do you tell whether a bone actually is broken?
According to The Nemours Foundation, a break may have occurred if your child heard a snapping sound when he fell, if there is swelling, bruising, and tenderness, or if it's painful to bear weight on the injured area.
If you suspect a bone's been broken, here's what to do:
- Remove clothing from the injured part.
- Apply a cold compress.
- Place a splint on the injured area by keeping the limb in the same position in which you found it. Position soft padding around the injured part; place something firm next to it; keep the splint in place using first aid tape.
- Get medical help and don't let your child eat -- in case surgery is needed.